“A wonderful, short, loop hike off of Greybeard Trail. Great way to spend a quick hour or so in the woods.”
— Jim Fuller
Fall Colors · River/Creek
This is a wonderful small loop back off of the Graybeard Trail
in Montreat. These trails gently follow and cross both the Little Slaty Branch and Flat Creek.
Need to Know
Privately owned land, open for hiking. Not many parking spots during peak spring and fall seasons. No restrooms. No water. Stay on trails please. Abuses of this land could result in public trail closures.
The trails are on privately owned property and maintained by Montreat Conference Center but are open to the public as hike-at-your-own-risk trails.
From the small parking area, start up the Graybeard Trail
, following the blue diamonds for approximately a mile until you come to the Harry Bryan Trail
on your left, marked by yellow diamonds. Follow Harry Bryan Trail
for roughly a half mile until you come to the Julia Woodward Trail
Here, you can turn right and head up the Julia Woodward Trail
for another half mile into a rocky cliff area and just sit and enjoy the quiet surroundings, or just head back down the valley by turning left on to the Julia Woodward Trail
and following the trail markers back to the parking area.
Flora & Fauna
Amazing rhododendron fauna year round.
History & Background
The Little Slaty Branch at one time was the water source for the village of Montreat—you'll see the original old iron feed pipes, some of which are still in use bringing water to the Sanctuary pond just above the parking area.