Big Fork Ridge Trail
Length: 3.0 miles
This low ridge trail which links Caldwell Fork and Rough Fork is located within Cataloochee Valley and is available to both hikers and horseback riders. Hikers will cross the low ridge separating these two parallel creeks and trails, hiking a moderate, 3-mile stretch. The trail is thick with laurels and rhododendrons and is espically beautiful when the bushes are in bloom in late June.
Take exit 20 off I-40 (Cove Creek) and travel west on NC 276 turn right on Cove Creek road. Stay on Cove Creek Rd. for 6 miles. This will take you 2 miles beyond park boundary. Turn left on Cataloochee Road, go 3.1 miles. Trail will be on the left.