Route: Bad Fork Trail
Type: Out and Back
Distance: 4 miles
Conditions: Sunny, cool
Impression: I was looking for a trail that where I wouldn't see another soul, which is sometimes a hard thing to find in Pisgah so close to Asheville, NC. This 2 mile trail is relatively close to the house and a bit off the typical beaten path, so I figured I'd have a decent shot at success...
From the trailhead nearest the BRP, the trail meanders downhill following a babbling stream. With its pleasant sounds of rushing water and birds chirping, the Bad Fork Trail may not lead to anything spectacular, it does provide a bit of solitude. Walking through lush, moist green forest, this trail can be a bit buggy, so stay moving. Anytime I stopped to take a picture, gnats were buzzing around and getting in the way, leaving little time to linger in one spot. The "hardest" part of the trail is the 2 mile continuous uphill once it terminates at FR 5000, but other than that it's a pretty straight forward hike.
A classic hiking trail in the Pisgah National Forest, though one that may not bring me back, it is worth a trip out if you haven't done it yet. Slowly but surely I'll knock off all 400 miles of hiking trail in Pisgah!