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Day 53: Scott Creek, NC

May 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • 0.0 Segment 1B begins at a trail junction just above the Waterrock Knob Overlook (BRP MP 451.2). If continuing a hike from Segment 2, turn left from the trail onto the paved path. If beginning from the parking area, return on the paved path to the parking area and continue down the road to the parkway. Note: The overlook has parking, a visitor center with a small convenience store (open seasonally), and restrooms. There is no water. If you continue straight up the paved path, the summit of Waterrock Knob, with spectacular views, is 0.5 mile ahead.
  • 0.3 Turn right on BRP and then almost immediately left on the trail heading into the trees. The trail is marked with purple-and-gold blazes and double-blue blazes all the way to Pinnacle Park Trailhead, although they are infrequent on much of the trail.
  • 0.5 A short side trail leads to a viewpoint.
  • 0.8 A short side trail leads to a viewpoint.
  • 0.9 Cross the 6,032-foot summit of Yellow Face, an open bald covered with blackberries, passing faint trail on right near tree marked with blue blazes.
  • 1.7 Pass a nice campsite on right. Note: This campsite is not within Pinnacle Park and therefore is not subject to the permitting requirements described below. For the ne xt mile or so, the trail is very rugged and at times difficult to follow. It involves minor scrambling over rocks and some wayfinding. A
  • 2.4 Cross an unnamed summit.
  • 2.5 Scramble up the rocks here rather than following the trail below the base of the rocks, then go down the rocks and cross at the base of the rocks between the rock and tree.
  • 2.6 Cross the 5,745-foot summit of Blackrock Mtn. The summit block is an excellent resting point and offers spectacular views. After leaving the summit, go down a steep trail a few yards, then scramble down a short rock face to continue on trail.
  • 2.8 Although a large tree on the right is blazed, and there appears to be a trail in that direction, continue straight down here. The trail below here is not very well marked or developed, and generally simply follows drainage patterns
  • 3.0 Where the trail joins an old roadbed, turn right.
  • 3.7 The East Fork Trail joins the trail from the left; continue straight onto the West Fork Trail.
  • 3.8 Pass an old gate.
  • 4.3 Continue straight on the West Fork Trail. Note: The 1.4-mile side trail to the right leads to the Pinnacle, which offers spectacular views of the Scott Creek valley, the town of Sylva, and the surrounding mountains. Campsite No. 3 is 0.6 mile along this trail. If you want to camp here, you will need to continue down to the trailhead to register.
  • 4.6 A side trail on the left leads to Campsite No. 2. If you want to camp
  • here, you will need to continue down to the trailhead to register. A
  • 5.5 A side trail on the right leads to Campsite No. 1 less than 0.1 mile away. If you want to camp here, you will need to continue down to the trailhead to register. A
  • 5.7 This crossing of Fisher Creek is the first reliable water coming down from Waterrock Knob. From here down to the trailhead, water is plentiful.
  • 5.9 At the junction of the West Fork and East Fork Trails, continue straight on the West Fork Trail. Stay on the old roadbed until you reach the Pinnacle Park parking area.
  • 6.2 Reach Pinnacle Park parking lot. Originally the town of Sylva’s watershed, Pinnacle Park was opened to the public in 1991. From the parking lot, continue straight down Fisher Creek Rd. K
  • 7.4 Continue straight on Fisher Creek Rd. where Dills Branch Rd. comes in from right.
  • 8.4 At T-intersection, turn right on Skyland Dr.
  • 8.5 Pass under US 74 overpass.
  • 9.3 Just beyond railroad crossing signs, at Y-intersection where Skyland Dr. continues to left, take right fork onto Chipper Curve Rd.
  • 9.6 Continue straight on Chipper Curve Rd. where Allen St. goes up hill to right. Note: This section of Chipper Curve Rd. is very narrow and winding, and is significantly more difficult on a bike than walking; use extreme caution here.
  • 9.9 Pass Bryson Park (town of Sylva) on right. Note: The park has restrooms with running water open during daylight hours and a vending machine with drinks and water. N
  • 10.4 Just before firehouse on Municipal Dr., bear left through complicated intersection and turn right on W. Main St.
  • 10.6 At Y-intersection where W. Main St. splits, hikers keep left to stay on W. Main and enter downtown Sylva. This is a one-way street the wrong way, so cyclists should keep right on Mill St., which parallels Main, and resume the main route at Mile 10.6, continuing straight there. Note: Downtown Sylva has restaurants, an outdoorgear store, and two hotels noted later. Near the other end of downtown on the left (773 W. Main St.) is Jackson County chamber of commerce with tourism information. E G
  • 10.9 At T-intersection in front of historic Jackson County courthouse,now a library, turn right on Keener St. Note: The Blue Ridge Inn is at this intersection. I
  • 11.0 At T-intersection, turn left on US Bus. 23.
  • 11.1 Pass Economy Inn on right. I
  • 11.8 Pass Harold’s Supermarket on right. E G
  • 11.9 Enter town of Dillsboro.
  • 12.1 Cross bridge over Scott Creek. Note: Food and lodging are available in downtown Dillsboro. E I
  • 12.3 Continue straight past Dillsboro post office.
  • 12.5 Continue straight across US 23.
  • 12.9 Pass Best Western River Escape Inn and Suites on the left. I
  • 13.9 Turn left on US 74. Walk along highway facing traffic. This section of US 74 has a concrete barrier between the eastbound and westbound lanes. Note: This section of US 74 is heavily traveled and more difficult on a bike than walking; use extreme caution here.
  • 16.2 Across from a diner and convenience store and just before Tuckaseegee Outfitters, turn left on Barkers Creek Rd., then cross Tuckaseegee River. E G
  • 16.4 At Y-intersection, where left fork continues uphill and right fork goes down, bear right onto Thomas Valley Rd.
  • 17.1 Continue straight past Joe Branch Rd. on left.
  • 17.6 Pass Nations Creek Rd. on left.
  • 18.5 Turn left to stay on Thomas Valley Rd. at Wilmot Missionary Baptist Church.
  • 22.3 Just before crossing under a highway bridge, turn left on Old Bryson City Rd. Note: For the next 1.7 miles, you will be passing through the Cherokee Indian Reservation, and many road signs are printed in Cherokee as well as English. If you continue straight here instead of turning, in 0.3 mile you will reach the town of Whittier. Across the bridge over the Tuckaseegee River is a general store for supplies and food. G E
  • 24.0 At T-intersection, turn right to stay on Old Bryson City Rd., then cross over highway bridge. Note: There is no road sign for Old Bryson City Rd. here, but a sign for Owle Rd. is on your left.
  • 24.1 At T-intersection, turn left to stay on Old Bryson City Rd.
  • 25.0 Continue straight across Hyatt Creek Rd. The road changes names to Walter Woody Rd. here. Note: To your left at intersection with Hyatt Creek Rd. is the ramp to US 74.
  • 26.3 At T-intersection, turn right on Governor’s Island Rd. and immediately cross bridge over Tuckaseegee River.
  • 26.4 After crossing bridge over Tuckaseegee River and just before railroad tracks, turn left on Old River Rd., a dirt road. Note: There is no signfor Old River Rd., but it is marked as SR 1336. Straight ahead on Governor’s Island Rd. is community with water and supplies. G
  • 27.9 Immediately after crossing the railroad tracks for the third time, turn right on E. Deep Creek Rd. This is the second of two parallel roads just before the bridge ahead of you. Note: If instead of turning right, you continue straight across the bridge, then turn left, downtown Bryson City, with restaurants and shops, is about 0.5 mile away. E G
  • 28.5 Pass Deep Creek Missionary Baptist Church on left.
  • 29.7 After entering GSMNP, turn left at T-intersection and cross bridge over Deep Creek. Note: The Deep Creek Campground, on your right at this intersection, has 92 campsites. Registration and a fee are required to camp here.


May 23, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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