Pisgah National Forest - Wilson Creek Recreation Area - Harper's Creek - Member Hike

Hike Name: Pisgah National Forest - Wilson Creek Recreation Area - Harper's Creek
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Nearby Town: Morganton
Rating: 3 stars
Directions: From Morganton, travel 10.5 miles north on NC 181 to Brown Mountain Beach Road (also referred to as Collettsville Road and SR 1405). Turn right and continue for 5 miles to SR 1328. Turn left and continue 4.5 miles. Cross the Wilson Creek bridge and bear to the right; turn left at the stop sign. Mortimer Recreation Area and campground is 4.5 miles ahead. Just before the campground, you will see a parking area to the left before you reach the small community of Mortimer.
Total Hike Distance: 4.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: NC 1328
Trails Used: Harper's Creek Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Rivers
Management: U.S. Forest Service
Contact Information: Pisgah National Forest
Wilson Creek Recreation Area
Route 1, Box 110A
Nebo, NC 28761
(704) 652-2144
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers, Dogs
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: This short backtrack hike starts just off NC 1328 south of the Mortimer Recreation Area and climbs a ridge, descends to Harper's Creek, then climbs again passing by a beautiful waterfall with a spur trail to the left. Although we backtracked out, another option is to loop back to the trailhead using the Raider's Camp Trail which is due south of the Harper's Creek Trail. There are excellent swimming holes on Harper's Creek, and some scattered campsites along the stream.

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The Camel


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Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Pisgah National Forest - Wilson Creek Recreation Area - Harper's Creek - October 27, 2007 October 27, 2007 4 stars 2 days The Camel

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