Paint Pond Trail

Total Miles


409.96 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This is a short out-and-back trail with multiple primitive campsites and fire rings. The campsite on the south end has room for multiple vehicles with rooftop tents and plenty of room for ground tents with three fire rings. The three campsites on the north end of the trail are large enough for two vehicles each and sit along Paint Creek. This trail is close to Paint Mountain Road, the French Broad River, and Paint Rock. This is a frequented campsite; remember to leave no trace. There are plenty of fallen trees along the mountainside to use as firewood. At the north end of the trail is a large pond with many signs of wildlife. Paint Rock is a short hike away. Be mindful as it is a ceremonial location for many Native American tribes today, dating back 5,000 years ago.

Photos of Paint Pond Trail

Paint Pond Trail
Paint Pond Trail
Paint Pond Trail


There is no difficulty to this trail unless snow and ice are present. 4WD will be needed to leave the campsite access road.


You can find many signs of Native Americans and early settlers in this area. Local citizens of Hot Springs, North Carolina, say it was a major travel route through the mountains and along the French Broad River many years ago. The French Broad River is also believed to be the third oldest river in America, also one of the few that flows north.

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