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Harper Creek Trail

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Trail

6.2 mile 10.0 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,372' 418 m
Descent: -335' -102 m
High: 2,496' 761 m
Low: 1,460' 445 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)

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Trail shared by Brandon Thrower

A diverse trail that follows Harper Creek past massive waterfalls and multiple creek crossings.

Brandon Thrower

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail can be broken down into three parts. First, you have the most popular section of the trail as it leads to the epic Harper Creek Falls. Once past this waterfall, the trail continues along the banks of the creek and is a part of the Mountains to Sea Trail. After a couple miles or so, the trail leaves the MST and crosses Harper Creek. This begins the second section of the trail.

This section can be very difficult to follow. The trail gets overgrown and blazes are sparse. The trail crosses the creek multiple times as well. Near the end of this section, it begins to climb up past South Harper Falls before ending at junction with Raider Camp Trail. From here, the last section of the trail leaves the banks of Harper Creek and follows a mellow path to Kawana Road and its end.

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  4.0 from 7 votes

#9

in Wilson Creek

#8048

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#9

in Wilson Creek

#285

in North Carolina

#8,048

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Take a breather at the South Harper Falls Overlook and truly enjoy the falls' majesty.
Jan 16, 2017 near Linville, NC
Harper Creek Falls dropping into one of the many great swimming holes along this trail.
Jul 21, 2017 near Linville, NC
Crossing Harper Creek on Raider Camp / Mountains to Sea Trail.
Mar 21, 2020 near Linville, NC
#2 of 11 creek crossings on this trail. Definitely the most fun part.
Mar 21, 2020 near Linville, NC

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