Big Populars Trail/Caldwell Fork Trail

Length: 5.1 miles
Rating: Easy

This moderate lower creek trail gains 1,300 feet in elevation. It follows a rushing mountain stream for nearly 5 miles and there are log footbridges at every stream crossing. While any section would be suitable for a day hike, the trail is heavily used by horses and is mired in several spots. The prettiest sections are on Boogerman Trail or at the upper end of the trail near the three exceptionally large “Big Poplars,” which are believed to be the among the largest yellow poplars in the Park. The largest of the three is eight feet in diameter.

Directions: 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

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