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Hickory Branch Trail #213

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.5 mile 2.5 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,112' 339 m
Descent: -21' -6 m
High: 2,981' 909 m
Low: 1,890' 576 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 58% (30°)

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Trail shared by Victor Mariano

This is a short but heavily used trail from Curtis Creek Campground to the quaint Hickory Branch Falls.

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall

Driving access to the trailhead is restricted from October 30 to April 1 by a Forest Service gate. During that time you have to add 0.57 miles on Curtis Creek Rd. to get to the trailhead.

Need to Know

There is one creek crossing within the first quarter of a mile.

Description

Hickory Branch Trail provides access to Hickory Branch Falls. The trail is an out-and-back and begins at the Curtis Creek Campground. The trail starts with a quick uphill then a downhill to Hickory Branch Creek. It then proceeds on a steady climb to the intersection with Leadmine Gap Trail #212. At Leadmine Gap, you can turn around or continue left or right on Leadmine Gap Trail #212.

Flora & Fauna

Rhododendrons and Mountain Laurel line the trails. There are many large hardwood and hemlock trees in the area. Hickory Branch Trail is part of the first tract of land established as National Forest in 1901.

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Upper Hickory Branch Falls
Mar 22, 2018 near Marion, NC
Rhododendrons along Hickory Branch
Mar 22, 2018 near Marion, NC

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