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“A little-used but fun wilderness trek in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness area”
— John Pennell
Features: River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildlife
From the parking area on the side of the road, go south and look out for the trailhead. Sometimes it's marked, and sometimes not. It heads due west, climbing over a steep ridgeline before descending to Beech Creek. From there it follows along the creek for a few miles. look out for side trails to a couple of different waterfalls.
It's a pretty good climb, constantly gaining elevation until you reach Case Knife Gap. From there, across from an established camping area, you can leave the main trail and ascend Big Scaly Mountain for some spectacular views of the area. The sunsets from the top are unparallelled,
The descent down the other side is shorter and steeper, mostly following an old logging road. Once you reach the end of Tate City Road (gravel), it's about a mile and a half or so back to your starting point.