Check out Coleman Boundary in Barnardsville, NC

The Coleman Boundary area close to Barnardsville is the Big Ivy area on the Appalachian Ranger District in Pisgah National Forest. This gorgeous mountainous terrain offers fabulous scenery, day hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails. Vacationers love to stay in the rural mountain setting of nearby Barnardsville when spending several hours exploring the Coleman Boundary area.

Horseback riding can be done at the Bear Pen, Elk Pen, Laurel Gap, Little Andy and Perkins, and also at the Staire Creek, Upper Corner Rock, Walker Creek and Shinbone trails. The park recommends that you ride only a calm horse, and stay on the trail at all times in single file. As there is little grazing possible, it is best to bring some grain. Horseback riding can be done easily from your nearby Barnardsville Inn.

Douglas Falls Trail
1001 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
(828) 877-3265
www.hikewnc.info

Trail location: Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 363 and 368.

Day hiking in the Coleman Boundary area can be done at the Bear Pen, Big Butt, Douglas Falls Trail, Elk Pen, Laurel Gap, Little Andy, Perkins, Snowball, Staire Creek, Upper Corner Rock and Walter Creek trails. The best hiking trail that is normally done by guided tours is the Douglas Falls Trail, but Barnardsville Bed and Breakfast guests can easily do this hike. On this trail you are able to see the 70-feet high Douglas Falls. The trail is 2.7 miles and takes about two to three hours to hike. It is considered easy to moderate, and there are some steep climbs to do. It's great because you can walk above the falls. You can then connect with the Mountains to Sea Trail and view the Craggy Gardens area. The Craggy Gardens hike is an easy 1.4 miles. The trail actually starts on the left side of the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, behind the rock wall. You will walk uphill for a little bit and then this is when you are at the Mountains to Sea and Douglas Falls trail.

Walker Falls
F.R. 74
Pisgah National Forest
www.hilltop.mhc.edu

Initially, you will pass by a small waterfall on the left, after about nine miles. You will then see the beautiful 45-foot cascading waterfall. It is one of the easiest falls to view, even from the roadside.

Upper Corner Rock TR173
1001 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
(828) 877-3265
www.trails.gorp.com

Starting Directions: Take the gravel road FR 74 off of Dillingham Road near Barnardsville, and start at Corner Rock Picnic Area.

The best mountain biking trail ride to take is to begin from the Corner Rock Picnic Area and go through Laurel Gap, Bear Pen and Staire Creek. You will be able to park the bike and see Douglas Falls this way, but remember to not ride or bike around the Douglas Falls area. This is very dangerous, and is for hiking only. By doing the trails in this way, you will be able to see the falls and pass by a large rock cave.