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Hazel Creek Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 5,000 Feet (1558.6 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 3,200 Feet (997.5 Meters)
Length: 16.5 Miles (27.5 Kilometers)
USGS Maps: Tuskeegee, Thunderhead, Silers

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General Description

The Hazel Creek Trail offers wonderful fishing opportunities in addition to the scenery and backcountry camping. The trail has an elevation change of approximately 3,200 feet within a 16.5 mile distance. The area has an interesting logging history being the site of an old sawmill and logging camp. The trail is part of the network of trails located north of Fontana Lake. If approaching from Welch Ridge, look closely for the trail markers.

Directions from Fontana Lake,: On the western side of the lake, take Western Shoreline Trail to Pinnacle Creek Trail to Sugar Fork Trail and finally onto Hazel Creek Trail.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Primitive sites available.
ICON Fishing Trout fishing available in Walker's Creek, Proctor's Creek and more.
ICON Hiking & Walking Hazel Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding
ICON Wildflower Identification View Turk's Cap lily, putty root orchid, Michaux's saxifrage and grass-of-parnassus during the summer months.

Related Activities
Bone Valley Trail - This is spur trail off Hazel Creek Trail.

Cold Spring Gap Trail - This is a connector trail between Welch Ridge Trail and Bone Valley Trail traveling along Cold Spring Branch.

Sugar Fork Trail - Sugar Fork Trail connects Pinnacle Creek Trail to Hazel Creek Trail.

Welch Ridge Trail - Welch Ridge Trail is located back in the woods serving as a connector off the Appalachian Trail and other trails located north of the Fontana Lake area.

More Information

Visitor Information:

North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171


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