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Boone Fork Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (58)

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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Shared By:

Eric Heistand

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  4.6 from 58 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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Apr 14, 2021
Drew Sigmon
5.4mi — 2h 20m
Mar 23, 2021
Jennifer Marquardt
Picnic area to Holloway Meadow Loop and back. I wish they weren't letting the meadow grow over. 3.9mi — 1h 38m
Nov 3, 2020
Mark Babcock
Boone Loop Trail is a great day hike. Numerous water crossings and some good climbs. 5mi — 3h 48m
Oct 5, 2020
Scott Sallade
Aug 30, 2020
Wm Plante
The trail was muddy in spots, but otherwise quite excellent. A variety terrain and scenes made it an enjoyable hike.
Aug 8, 2020
Morie Newman
Aug 2, 2020
Phil C
Beautiful trail, lots of creek crossings, waterfalls, and wildlife. 4.9mi — 2h 15m
Jul 9, 2020
Jennifer Marquardt
Hiked it backwards. Not bad, but a few places were more difficult. I would do it again. The waterfalls being at the end was a nice treat. 6.6mi