Greenbrier Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,611' 491 m
Descent: -26' -8 m
High: 4,775' 1,455 m
Low: 3,189' 972 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“An ascent to the AT with rich wildflowers and multiple mountain streams. Great views along the way.”— Max Willner
Beginning at the Indian Flats Falls, hikers will head south and gradually ascend roughly 1,600 feet before reaching the Appalachian Trail. This is a gorgeous trail, as hikers will come across mountain streams (two crossings), a great variety of wildflowers and some decent views along the way. Not a bad trail for photography aficionados!
The forest is initially quite thick with rhododendrons and other vegetation but eventually opens up a bit more as the trail nears the AT. Roughly halfway into the trail, hikers will reach the ridgeline. Once reaching the AT, hikers can head left for Miry Ridge Trail and Silers Bald or right towards the Derrick Knob Shelter.
As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders. Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus). For more information on black bears, refer to this webpage.
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