County North Carolina
Directions: The Yellow Creek
Mountain Trail is located about 15 miles from Robbinsville.
Take Highway 129 North to Tapoco. As your driving along the
Cheoah River, on your right look for the Meadows Branch
intersection with Highway 129. The trailhead is just a short
distance form the highway. Park on the roadside of Highway
129 and walk to the trailhead on Meadows Branch road.
||Yellow Creek Mountain Trail #48
- Trailhead: The trailhead is located on
Meadows Road about 25 yards from the intersection
with Highway 129.
- Distance: This is a 9.3 mile trail.
There are three ways to experience this trail:
1. Camp overnight and
backtrack to the trailhead, for a hike of 18.6
2. A 12 mile through hike
to NC Highway 28;
3. A 13 mile through trail
on the AT to Yellow Creek Gap at Tuskeegee Road
(State Road 1242).
You would need to arrange prior transportation
for pickup or pre-position a vehicle on the
through hike routes.
- Difficulty: It is rated as a strenuous to
very strenuous hiking trail.
- Use Guide: Yellow Creek Mountain Trail is
recommended for intermediate or experienced
hikers in good condition. This trail would be too
much of a challenge for families with small
children. With a group at a casual pace, allow
8-9 hours for a one way hike. For the more
aggressive hiker, 5-6 hours should be sufficient
time for a one way hike. Bring water and
protective clothing if your trip is going to be
more than a few hours.
- Description: The trailhead is marked by
signs and a small footbridge that crosses Meadows
Branch. You will begin a steep switchback climb
to the ridge line. Just short of 1½ miles you
will be in Bearpen Gap with overhead power lines
as a landmark. Scenic views will vary with the
seasons of the year. Generally you will have
views of the Cheoah River and Cheoah Valley.
There are a number of old roads and trails that
intersect Yellow Creek Mountain Trail. These
should be avoided. The trail is marked with a
blue blaze on trail side trees. At 1.8 miles you
will come to SR-1249, Oldfield Gap Road. Cross
this road and take a left to go up to another
ridge line. From this point on it is a series of
up and down slopes through several gaps. At 7¾
miles you will come to the trail intersection
with Lookout Rock Trail which leads to Fontana
Village. At 9.3 miles you arrive at the terminus
of Yellow Creek Mountain Trail. Here it
intersects with the Appalachian Trail. At this
point you can backtrack; go 2.7 miles north on
the AT to Highway 28 above the Fontana Village
swimming pool; or go south on the AT for 3.7
miles to Tuskeegee Road at Yellow Creek Gap.
Transportation arrangement would have to be made
for your pickup at either of these through
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