Trails in the Shope Creek Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the Shope Creek Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Shope Creek trailhead, see the Shope Creek Trailhead page.

Need to find trails by another method? Go back to Trails.

Nearby Trails

The following trails cross into this trailhead area, but are primarily accessed from another trailhead:

Elk Pen Trail

Moderate
  • Created for use in the movie "The Last of the Mohicans" and used in the opening scene. Connects with FR 74 at the Upper Corner Rock trail. Passes through large oaks and poplars.
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Upper Corner Rock Trail

Moderate

Laurel Gap Trail

Moderate

Perkins Trail

Most Difficult

Walker Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Ascends steeply on the ridge above the creek to FS 74. Travels through scenic mixed hardwood forests. The upper section is extremely rocky, and the rocks are slick when wet.
  • 1.8mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Mountains to Sea Section 3 Trail

Most Difficult
  • **Pisgah Inn to Black Mountain Campground** Pisgah Inn, BRP mp 408.6 to Folk Art Center, BRP mp 382: from the Pisgah Inn to the Mount Pisgah Parking Area, the trail is co-signed as the Buck Spring trail. This leads past the old Buck Spring Lodge...
  • 67.7mi, Hilly, Moderately Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 5 Trailhead

Douglas Falls Trail

More Difficult
  • From FS 74, the trail begins as an easy, 0.5 mile walk to its spectacular eponymous waterfall - a great family hike. The trail continues on a much more difficult, rugged, and steep course above the falls, to eventually join up with the Mountains to...
  • 2.7mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Big Butt Trail

More Difficult
  • Yes, this really is the trail's name. Starts at the left side (facing away from the road) of the Walker Knob Overlook in Balsam Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway, heading downhill. (The trail to the right, heading uphill, is the Mountains to Sea Trail)....
  • 5.6mi, Hilly, Very Rough
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Section 4 Trailhead

Little Andy Trail

Most Difficult
  • The trail climbs and follows a ridge above Little Andy Creek. The trail emerges on Laurel Gap Trail about 100 feet from Upper Corner Rock Trail on the left. You will pass a seemingly misplaced large granite boulder on the left. Can be made into a...
  • 0.6mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Bear Pen Trail

More Difficult
  • A little overgrown with weeds, this trail travels along old roadbeds from FR 74 to the Laurel Gap trail. Crosses staire branch. There's lots of stinging nettle, so be sure to wear long pants on this trail (and others in the area).
  • 1.4mi, Climbs Steeply, Moderately Rough
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead

Staire Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • Steep climb or descent mostly on eroded old roadbeds. Follows creek near the bottom; ascends to ridge near the top where it flattens out and passes through a clearing before ending on FS 74. Passes through a nice mature hardwood forest with a...
  • 1.1mi, Climbs Steeply, Some Obstacles
  • Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Trailhead