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A segment of the Pounding Mill Trail can be combined with Hickey Fork and White Oak Trails.

The easiest route is to begin at Camp Creek Bald and hike to SR 208. From the upper end, the trail descends steeply and crosses the Appalachian Trail. From here the trail mostly follows an old road bed. It first passes the upper terminus of the White Oak Trail and .75 miles later passes the upper terminus of the Hickey Fork Trail. Approximately one mile further, the trail leaves the old road and descends through the forest where it follows Pounding Mill Branch to the lower terminus at SR 208. From the trail's upper terminus at Camp Creek Bald, a panoramic view of surrounding mountain peaks in Tennessee and North Carolina can be seen. A segment of this trail can be combined with Hickey Fork and White Oak Trails to make a 5 hour loop hike The best access point for this loop is from the Hickey Fork trailhead.

Directions: From Belva, NC, Go north on SR 208 across the Tennessee state line. Turn at the first paved road on the right. After a short distance, the road surface changes to gravel, then back to pavement, then to gravel again. Follow this road to the top of Camp Creek Bald. Park at the end of the second paved section and walk up the gravel road past the fire tower to the trailhead. If you choose to drive the last gravel section, a 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. OR to access the trail from SR 208, go north on SR 208 for 7.2 miles beyond its intersection with US 25 / 70. Park in the small pull-off on the left. The trail starts on the right side of the road.

Elevation Gain: 2,294 feet

Distance: 6.3 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

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