Flat Laurel Creek Trail

At A Glance


3.7 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 3.7 (Moderate)
Steepness: Climbs Gently
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Blaze Color: Orange
Trail Number: 346
Rides That Use This Trail: Flat Laurel Creek

This trail is located in the Black Balsam area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Black Balsam trails list page.


This entire trail is above 5000 feet. Very scenic - awesome high elevation meadows near the Black Balsam parking area. There are many wet, seepy sections and creek crossings, and the trail is very rocky although a lot of work has been done to the trail recently reducing its technical nature but making it more sustainable. You'll find waterfalls, pristine streams, and a recovering spruce-fir forest along this trail. This trail is part of the Flat Laurel Creek Best Ride.

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Flat Laurel Creek - NC 215 to Sam Knob Tr.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 2.32 mi

Flat Laurel Creek - Sam Knob Tr. to Little Sam Tr.

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.38 mi

Flat Laurel Creek - Little Sam Tr. to Ivestor Gap Parking

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 1.07 mi

Total Calculated Length: 3.76 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.

Intersecting Trails

  • Little Sam
  • Sam Knob
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    hulia kelly said: excellent information here!
    Friday, May 31 2013 7:14pm
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