High Country Trails
The Wilson Creek Wilderness Area is part of the Pisgah National Forest located just south of Grandfather Mountain. On a map the wilderness area is south of the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Morganton and east of NC 181. This wilderness area is a relatively new addition to the National Wild and Scenic River System added on August 18, 2000. The headwaters to the area are just below Calloway Peak and stretch over 23 miles before reaching John’s River. There are 4.6 miles of Wild area; 2.9 miles of Scenic area; and 15.8 miles of Recreational area, but the designations are overlapping all over the area. The activities include hiking, backpacking, car camping, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and swimming.

There are a number of waterfalls and swimming holes all over the wilderness area as well as a huge network of trails for hiking and mountain biking. The trail system is excellent with most trailheads marked and most trails blazed. The Mountain-To-Sea Trail runs through the middle of the wilderness area heading north to Grandfather Mountain and west to Linville Gorge. There are plenty of backpacking campsites throughout the trail system with most of the trails giving you a challenging hike but not anything to strenuous. This is a great place to spend a few days backpacking in the summer with a lot of swimming holes to cool off in.

There is one campground on the southern end of the wilderness area called Mortimer Campground. It cost only $12 a night to camp here and can make a great starting off point to explore the area.

To see a 3-D interactive map of the Wilson Creek Wilderness, please load the Master Google File on the left side.
Page Created By: John Henry Ostrander jr.
Pictures Taken By: Amanda Tsiukes


Directions to Mortimer Campground from Boone:
Take NC 105 S for 15 miles, turn left onto Roseboro Rd., follow over the Parkway until the end for 10 miles, turn right onto Route 90, campground on left.

  Wilderness - Year Around
  Campground - April to October

  No Fee for Wilderness
  $12.00 per night at campground

  No permits for any activities

  1,450 feet - 3,750 feet

  Allowed, must be on leash.

Other Trails not listed
Bill Crump Trail
Greentown Trail
Greentown Shortcut Trail
Holly Springs Trail
Persimmon Ridge Trail
Raider Camp Trail
Schoolhouse Ridge Trail
Thorps Creek Trail
Upper Creek Falls Trail
White Rocks Trail
Wilson Creek Trail
Wilson Creek Spur Trail
Wilson Ridge Trail
Woodruff Ridge Trail
Yellow Buck Trail

Google Files
Big Lost Cove Cliffs
Pink Catawba Rhododendron
Bard Falls
You can use this interactive map to find directions to the trail in the park you are looking to hike. This map is interactive and you can move around and zoom in or out.

For Driving Directions: Please click on the "hiker man" and then click on the arrow in the bottom right corner. You will then be redirected to Google Maps where you can type in your home address.
Wilson Creek Area

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Trails Illustrated Map #779