Birding · Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers
This trail is part of Pot Point Loop and closes with Prentice Cooper State Forest closure dates.
Need to Know
Parking is near Snoopers Rock
, a good drive back on Tower Road, which is gravel the entire distance. No fees for parking and a primitive outhouse is near the parking area. Prentice Cooper is Central Time Zone and opens at dawn, closes at dusk. No permits needed per park rangers for backcountry camping, just need to sign the hiker logs.
Mostly dirt track, the usual roots and small rocks are present. Creek crossings are larger rocks that can be hopped.
This is a well-traveled trail beginning at Snoopers Rock
in Prentice Cooper State Forest and follows the Pot Point Loop trail, white blazed) to end at the Ransom Hollow overlook (short blue blaze spur). The trail is fairly narrow with sections of rock and several seasonal creek crossings.
One section goes between two large boulders but is roomy for those who might feel claustrophobic. It's a pretty flat trail overall with gradual up and downhills. The trail passes by Hemlock Branch backcountry campsite, which is next to a seasonal creek; the creek was dry during this run. There is some underbrush, but most of the trail was clear through established forest.
Flora & Fauna
Lots of wild rhododendron, some poison ivy, old growth trees. Birds and small mammals were spotted. Deer can also be present.
Shared By: Kate Miller