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Boone Fork Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer loop
94% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 583' 178 m
Descent: -581' -177 m
High: 3,526' 1,075 m
Low: 3,070' 936 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Eric Heistand

Waterfalls, creek crossings, rhododendron tunnels, oh my! THE 5 mile Boone area classic.

Eric Heistand

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Runner Notes

Expect some wetness and mud most of the year. Avoid on a big rain cycle.

Description

Roots, rocks, and rivers: The Boone Fork Trail is the must-run loop in the area for experienced runners. From the Price Lake Picnic Area parking lot (not to be confused with the Price Lake pullout or Price Lake Campground), cross the foot bridge near the bathroom and get ready for some fun! Most people run the loop counter-clockwise.

The first three miles are all about the water. Run through meadows, then rhododendron tunnels along Boone Fork. Expect some mud and wide trail erosion. Most other trail users are heading just 1 mile in to Hebron Falls, a worthy sidetrip.

The next 2 miles are just you and the ancient forest. Around the 2.5 mile mark, you'll drop into low gear for the slow and wet climb up Bee Tree Creek where there are too many creek crossings to count.

Top out at the meadow and blaze down perfect trail into Price Creek Campground. The trail will spit you out where you began. Didn't get enough? Consider linking this up with Green Knob Trail and Price Lake Loop for the Triple Crown!

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May 30, 2019
Mike D
10mi
May 27, 2019
Stephen Sparano
8h 45m
Apr 15, 2019
Mike D
Ran BFT & Price Lake loops. Sunny but chilly late afternoon - saw more deer than people. Trail was in great shape after a ton of rain 8mi
Feb 28, 2019
Gabriela Cortez
Jul 30, 2018
David Kaminski
A really beautiful trail. Much running along the river. There are some rough sections best for hiking or scrambling and not running. 4.7mi
Jul 17, 2017
Brandon Thomas
Started at the Holloway Mountain Trailhead and headed north a mile to the BFT, for just under 7 miles round trip. 6.9mi
Jun 8, 2017
Caroline Miller
Ran entire 5.5 miles in 50 minutes in preparation for Collegiate Peaks hike thru. Pushed me in only one part, but manageable overall. Will do again!

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Photos

One of the numerous Bee Tree Creek crossings on the Boone Fork Loop.
Jan 15, 2016 near Foscoe, NC
Boone Fork Creek.
Oct 9, 2016 near Foscoe, NC
Water trickles down Hebron Falls.
Mar 26, 2017 near Foscoe, NC
The Boone Fork Trail heads into the meadow before diving back into the forest.
Mar 26, 2017 near Foscoe, NC

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