Nantahala National Forest - Appletree Creek - Member Hike

Hike Name: Nantahala National Forest - Appletree Creek
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Nearby Town: Wesser
Rating: 2 stars
Directions: From Franklin, North Carolina, take U. S. Highway 64 west about 3 miles. Turn right at the signs for the LBJ Job Center/Wayah Bald areas, then left onto Wayah Road (State Route 1310). After passing Nantahala Lake, turn left onto Junaluska Road (State Route 1401). Drive 2.5 miles and turn right into the Appletree Group Campground. The trailhead is on the left, nestled against the banks of a small creek. Facilities are not available at the trailhead.
Total Hike Distance: 4.40 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Appletree Campground
Trails Used: Appletree Creek Trail (19 B)
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Nantahala National Forest
Wayah Ranger District
Franklin, NC 28734
Telephone: 828-524-6441
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: This hike along Appletree Creek (Trail 19B) starts across from a meadow as you enter the Appletree Group Camping area. It follows yellow blazes along a stream and up to a ridge for 2.2 miles to a junction with Laurel Creek (Trail 19F). There are two loops that are possible through the area and both will take at least two hours to complete. We backtracked out due to the weather, but the Appletree Creek drainage only makes a moderate ascent to the ridge and it is heavily lined with rhododendron bushes and lush vegetation. It is definitely a pleasant hike if you are in the area.



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Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Nantahala National Forest - Appletree Creek - December 31, 2006 December 31, 2006 2 stars 1 hour The Operator


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