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Big East Fork Trail

3 reviews #5 hike out of 231 in
3.3 mi
Distance
1 hrs 40 min
Time
terrain
647 ft
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Overview

This is an enjoyable trail running along the beautiful cascades of the Big East Fork of the Pigeon River. The trail is moderate, with gradual ascent and a few slick and rocky/rooty sections. Near the trailhead there are a number of false trails, mostly used by fisherman and casual visitors, so be careful to stick to the real trail.

A convenient turnaround point is at the confluence of the Big East Fork (coming from the left), and Greasy Cove Prong (coming from the right). After investigating the river, you can choose to cross the Big East Fork onto the Greasy Cove Trail, which takes you deep into the heart of Shining Rock Wilderness. You can also follow the Big East Fork uphill by taking Bridges Camp Gap Trail, which leads to the MST and the Blue Ridge Parkway, near the Looking Glass Rock Overlook.

You can also turn back, for a pleasant and gradual descent back to the trailhead.

Note as of this edit (June 2022) there is still significant trail damage from TS Fred in 2021. The trail is passable for most, but requires some scrambling. Some eroded section will continue to degrade. Crossing the Big East Fork at the end of the track is also substantially more difficult due to flood damage.

Getting Started

The trailhead is located on Highway 276 in Pisgah Ranger District, North of the Blue Ridge Parkway (map link here: https://goo.gl/maps/BXXcPQT757n ). Note that this is the first of two trailheads that you will encounter, if driving North on 276. These trailheads are located only a couple hundred yards apart, and the larger, Northern one leads to the Shining Creek Path (also connecting to Old Butt Trail).

Taking Children

This is a great family hike, with great places to play in the river with children. The river is powerful in spots, so care is cautioned.



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    6 months, 3 weeks ago
    The Big East fork is a beautiful trail along the East Fork of the Pigeon river. The flood from tropical storm Fred has it washed out in a few places and you have to do some rock scrambling but it was passable.
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CheapCigarMan 4 years, 9 months ago
Big East Fork
trail_hike_comments: Follows the Big East Fork Pigeon River. Pristine river scenes. Trail is wide and heavily used near beginning; diminishes somewhat the further you travel. Ends at the junction with Greasy Cove Prong and Bridges Camp Gap trails, providing long loop options in the Shining Rock Wilderness., trail_bike_comments: None
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nancy_east 5 years, 8 months ago
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