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Hickey Fork Trail is one of the more scenic trails in the area with views of waterfalls and cascades in the higher elevations.

Hickey Fork Trail begins on the west side of Forest Road 465. The trail begins by crossing Hickey Fork Creek on a wooden bridge and ascending the ridge adjacent to Hickey Fork Creek. It then crosses the ridge into the West Prong drainage of Hickey Fork Creek where is ascends along the creek and continues climbing to its terminus with Pounding Mill Trail. If combined with a section of Pounding Mill Trail, Whiteoak Trail and Forest Road 465, Hickey Fork Trail can be used to form a 5 hour loop hike beginning and ending at its trailhead parking along Forest Road 465. From its intersection with Pounding Mill Trail at Seng Gap, Hickey Fork Trail provides access to the Appalachian Trail. The trail is blazed with yellow rectangles.

Directions: From Hot Springs, NC, Travel east on US 25 / 70 to SR 208 at Big Laurel Creek. Turn left and follow SR 208 it for 3 - 4 miles to SR 212. Turn right onto SR 212 and go 7 miles to SR 1310. Turn left on SR 1310 and go 1.2 miles to the trailhead parking area on the right. The trail leaves the left side of the road approximately 100 yards north of the parking area. NOTE: SR 1310 becomes Forest Road 465 about .5 mile from its intersection with SR 212.

Elevation Gain: 1,120 feet

Distance: 2.3 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

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