Creek Side Scenic Drive

Total Miles


1161.34 ft


1 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This beautiful "Creek-Side Dirt trail is a must if you like driving on forest roads and you like the view/sound of the roaring creeks. If you ever plan to go to Max Patch (360 views of the surrounding mountains in North Carolina & Tennessee), this trail is very easy to jump on when leaving. As you leave Max Patch heading southbound on Max Patch Road, about five minutes down you will need to turn left on Cold Springs Creek Road. This will take you directly to I-40 which is 6.7 miles down. This trail is all dirt and is a shared one-way. This portion is very safe. There are numerous dispersed camping opportunities and places to pull over and view the beautiful mini-falls from the creeks. Great place to have a picnic and enjoy the secluded feeling of having the forest all to yourself. If you like to be in nature, this trail is a must! Very few cars and the only noises you hear are coming from the nearby water that runs almost the whole length of the drive. This ride can be driven any time of the year and ends at the entrance of Harmon Den- Pisgah National Forest.


Even though this is a very easy dirt road that most vehicles can do, it is still a one way and should be taken with cation. The drive offers great ridge riding and views of the mountains as well. There are many twists and turns that are easy to maneuver at slow speeds.

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