This trail is designed as a network for many possible loop trails in this area. It is blazed in orange. Be sure to look for the huge granite boulders that are scattered throughout the enfolding woods. The trail ascends quite steeply in sections with some switchbacks. It follows a ridge above Staire Branch. The trail goes through woods typical in this area and provides several nice views of the surrounding mountains. It emerges on Forest Road 74, directly opposite the Bear Pen Trail.
Directions: From Burnsville, NC, Start at the Walker Creek Trail. The Staire Creek junction is well marked and is on the right.Travel east on 19E for .5 mile and turn right on SR 197 (south). Stay on this road through Pensacola and Cane River Gap to Barnardsville, about 25 miles. The road is paved then changes to gravel and then pavement again. Turn left at the intersection of SR 197 and SR 2173 (Dillingham Road) and follow this road, which becomes gravel and Forest Service Road 74. Follow it for .4 mile to a road on the right. This road has a bulletin board visible from Forest Road 74. Follow this road for .6 mile to a pull-off on the right. The trail is about 50 feet up the road on the left. Do not drive beyond the pull-off, it is private property.
Elevation: 3,940 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,010 feet
Distance: 1.2 miles
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