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Boone Fork Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (69)

Waterfalls, creek crossings, rhododendron tunnels, oh my! THE 5 mile Boone area classic.


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Map Key

5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Loop

3,526' 1,075 m

High

3,070' 936 m

Low

583' 178 m

Up

581' 177 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Description

Roots, rocks, and rivers: The Boone Fork Trail is the must-hike loop in the area for experienced hikers. From the Price Lake Picnic Area parking lot (not to be confused with the Price Lake pullout or Price Lake Campground), cross the foot bridge near the bathroom and get ready for some fun! Most people hike the loop counter-clockwise.

The first three miles are all about the water. Hike through meadows, then rhododendron tunnels along Boone Fork. Expect some mud and wide trail erosion. Most other trail users are heading just 1 mile in to Hebron Falls, a worthy sidetrip.

The next 2 miles are just you and the ancient forest. Around the 2.5 mile mark, you'll drop into low gear for the slow and wet climb up Bee Tree Creek where there are too many creek crossings to count.

Top out at the meadow and blaze down perfect trail into Price Creek Campground. The trail will spit you out where you began. Didn't get enough? Consider linking this up with Green Knob Trail and Price Lake Loop for the Triple Crown!

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Shared By:

Eric Heistand

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  4.6 from 69 votes

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Photos

Boone Fork Creek.
Oct 9, 2016 near Foscoe, NC
Water trickles down Hebron Falls.
Mar 26, 2017 near Foscoe, NC
The Boone Fork Trail heads into the meadow before diving back into the forest.
Mar 26, 2017 near Foscoe, NC
One of the numerous Bee Tree Creek crossings on the Boone Fork Loop.
Jan 15, 2016 near Foscoe, NC

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Nov 3, 2022
Beau Trivers
What a beautiful trail! Length is closer to 6 miles than the 5 posted on markers - which also seem to reverse themselves around mile. High marks! 6mi — 2h 45m
Oct 23, 2021
Kiril Stoyanov
Sep 13, 2021
Jennifer Marquardt
Picnic area to Halloway Meadow Loop to picnic area to MST Bridge to picnic area. Trying to stay flat-ish for others in group. 7.4mi
Aug 13, 2021
Jan More
Apr 14, 2021
Drew Sigmon
5.4mi — 2h 20m
Mar 23, 2021
Jennifer Marquardt
Picnic area to Holloway Meadow Loop and back. I wish they weren't letting the meadow grow over. 3.9mi — 1h 38m
Feb 15, 2021
Leo Z
what an amazing trail! water, climbing, falls, trails, mud, paths. it covers everything 6mi — 3h 15m
Nov 3, 2020
Mark Babcock
Boone Loop Trail is a great day hike. Numerous water crossings and some good climbs. 5mi — 3h 48m