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Boone Fork Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (51)

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


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Map Key

5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Loop

3,526' 1,075 m

High

3,070' 936 m

Low

583' 178 m

Up

581' 177 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Description

Roots, rocks, and rivers: The Boone Fork Trail is the must-hike loop in the area for experienced hikers. 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 hike the loop counter-clockwise.

The first three miles are all about the water. Hike 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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Eric Heistand

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  4.7 from 51 votes

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Photos

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
One of the numerous Bee Tree Creek crossings on the Boone Fork Loop.
Jan 15, 2016 near Foscoe, NC

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Jun 24, 2020
Kirk Winkelman
First time on this trail - it was a great hike. Lots of variety and cool spots the entire way through the trail 5.4mi — 3h 00m
Jun 20, 2020
Noah E
Jun 13, 2020
B Huhn
Dec 15, 2019
Michael Sander
5.4mi — 2h 00m
Nov 19, 2019
Lauren W
Oct 30, 2019
Monty Coggins
Up Pluto oo
Oct 12, 2019
Jeff Drake