Avery Creek Trail and Buckwheat Knob Trail

Picture of a waterfall by the Avery Creek Trail

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Date Hiked: 7/20/91

Length: 7.5 miles

Type: loop

Difficulty: 3

Scenery: 2

Blaze: yellow on Avery Creek Trail from FR 477, blue on upper Avery Creek Trail, yellow on Buckwheat Knob Trail

Main Features: partial views, waterfalls

Animals: shrew, deer, pileated woodpecker, wood thrush, giant beetle

Location: Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina

Driving north on highway 276 from Brevard, turn right on FR 477 which is the first right after the Pisgah Ranger Station. Drive 2.5 miles to the trailhead and parking area on the right. The Avery Creek Trail is blazed yellow here (although the trail sign says the blaze is blue).

Approximate Altitude Changes
Ascend 1,500 feet to Buckwheat Knob at 4.0 miles
Descend 1,500 feet to the car
Total Ascent: 1,500 feet

0.0 parking area
0.1 ignore left fork
0.2 stream flows under trail
0.4 ignore left fork
0.6 waterfall in valley on right
0.8 ignore left fork
stream flows under trail
0.9 turn left at junction with blue-blazed Avery Creek Trail
1.0 bear left at junction with Buckhorn Gap Trail on right
stream crossing
1.6 stream crossing
begin ascending more steeply
1.7 waterfall on right
1.8 stream crossing
stream crossing
1.9 bear right, ascending away from creek
2.2 partial views on right
3.0 partial view on left under power lines
3.2 stream crossing
3.4 turn left onto Buckwheat Knob Trail at Club Gap
go under power lines
3.6 clearings with campsites and partial views
narrow ridge with partial views left and right
4.0 highest point of hike (Buckwheat Knob?)
5.1 turn left on FR 477
7.1 stream flows under road
7.5 car


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