Wilson Creek Gorge- Hike, Fish, Explore

Wilson Creek Gorge- Hike, Fish, Explore

Spring time is here! Weather is perfect, flowers are blooming, and the green is coming back. What’s better than shaking off the winter cold and kicking the spring hiking into gear.

Why not start your spring hiking in the Wilson Creek Wilderness Area. Wilson Creek is part of the Grandfather district of the Pisgah National Forest. Wilson Creek’s water system stretches for 23 miles. It starts at the Calloway Peak and ends at John’s River. The river is broken down into different sections, 4.6 miles of the river is wild, 2.9 miles is scenic, and 15.8 miles is recreational.

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Wilson Creek- One of North Carolina's Top Fishing Spots

 

Wilson Creek offers some the best spots for hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking geocaching, and even swimming. Wilson Creek is considered as one of North Carolina’s trout fishing spots, so if you’re into trout fishing, this would be the spot to plan a visit. And for you hiking enthusiasts, Wilson Creek offers miles of hiking trails to different destinations such as an amazing waterfall, or to a view of the gorge. With so many activities available at Wilson Creek, why not make the plan to spend the weekend there.

One of the waterfalls I stopped by was Harper Creek Falls. An easy 2.8 mile round trip hike, you will enjoy what you find at the end. The trail is rated as a moderate trail but nothing a beginner hiker can not do. As you hike through the trail, you’ll come across a few camping areas. Both camping areas are in a nice flat location and enough trees for those that wish to hang their hammocks. Before reaching the waterfall, you’ll have to descend down some rocks, but there’s a rope attached to a tree that can help hikers go down and back up. The trail is a perfect spot to relax, enjoy, go for a swim or even slide down the waterfall. It’s a great waterhole for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Harper Creek Falls

 

 

Next stop, Phillip Branch Trail. A nice and easy hike, you’ll come across a 40 foot tall waterfall. A very nice waterfall to view but to get a closer look, you’ll need to carefully walk down a dirt path to view the falls from the base. Feeling more adventurous, you can continue hiking up to the top of the waterfall and get a different angle. Along the trail, you may come across trillium flowers. After speaking with a local, they said that the trillium flowers are very rare.

Trillium Flower Along the Trail

 

 

When it comes to camping, there are many different campsites dispersed around the area. Along with the campsites in the gorge, there are other campsites available within miles.

Mortimer Campground- A primitive campground about 10 miles up the mountain you can find Mortimer Campground. The campground operates from April 1 to October 31. It is considered a good campground for tent campers and small campers and for a small fee of just $10 a night, the campground offers fire pits, picnic tables, and two bath houses with toilets and running water. It’s a great spot for those that are camping with children. For more information on Mortimer Campground, you can go to the Forest Service site.

Betsey’s Ole Country Store- Want to take a ride to the past, then Betsey’s Ole Country Store is the place for you. Established in 1924, Betsy’s Ole Country Store was built as Mortimer was becoming a booming logging town. The store served as the towns general store and post office. Since being established, the store has seen its side of history including the flood that happened in the 1940’s which damaged a good majority of the area. The country store also offers campers a site for tent campers, a cabin rental and even a tipi rental. Betsey’s Ole Country Store is the spot to go for all you convenience if you’re in the area.

So start packing and start planning. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed on your trip to Wilson Creek Wilderness Area.

Taking a shot of Harper Creek Falls. 
Photo Credit: Aaron Murray @i_atm_I

      Taking a shot of Harper Creek Falls.
     Photo Credit: Aaron Murray (@i_atm_i)

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My name is Eddie Romero and I am a photographer based out of Greensboro, NC. I am an outdoor and adventure enthusiast and enjoy spending every chance I get outdoors capturing the natural beauty around us. Along with hiking, I enjoy traveling, so you’ll see a combination of city shots and nature shots. Look forward to hearing from y’all!”

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My name is Eddie Romero and I am a photographer based out of Greensboro, NC. I am an outdoor and adventure enthusiast and enjoy spending every chance I get outdoors capturing the natural beauty around us. Along with hiking, I enjoy traveling, so you’ll see a combination of city shots and nature shots. Look forward to hearing from y’all!”

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