View Full Version : Enloe Creek Trail advice

06-24-2009, 01:32 PM
Starting on some research and trip planning for a week in the backcountry. Hoping someone could provide helpful information.

Plan to hike into the Enloe Creek Trail off Straight Fork Road. Does anyone have any information about leaving a car and parking availability at this trail head.

I have never made it to the parking section for this trailhead and not sure what to expect. I have been to the Cherekee Campground on the northern most part of Big Cove Road. Is it hard to find the Enloe Creek Trail head and parking section from the Campground.

Thanks for any help.

06-24-2009, 02:31 PM
Hopefully, Craig Lancaster, aka mtnman will respond to this post. I remember him posting on a trip that he and one of his comrades took to Raven Fork and Enloe Creek last summer. You may want to do a search and you should be able to bring up his post.


06-24-2009, 02:35 PM

I drove over that way last month to scout out the parking situation. I plan to make it over there in September or October.

Pass the hatchery, the pavement soon ends, keep on going. The trail head is very easy to find and the parking is right along Straight Fork Rd. I don't really think that road gets all that much traffic. I don't think I would have a problem leaving a vehicle there but that was just my first impression.

Please let me know how it works out for you.

fly fisherman DK
06-24-2009, 07:20 PM
My dad and I went to the Raven Fork last October and really enjoyed it and we are going back in 2 and a half weeks. You will see the trailhead sign just a little past where Hyatt Creek comes into Straight Fork, and then the parking area is just a little past the trailhead on the left. If you go there be prepared for the tough hike ahead of you and be careful on the Raven Fork since it is a big stream. Trust me when I say you will enjoy lots of beautiful scenery and plentiful brookies.:biggrin: I hope this info helps you out on your trip and I hope you have a good time.

Daniel Koeppel

06-25-2009, 08:27 AM
Hyatt Ridge is a tad steep, but the biggest problems in my opinion are the rocks and the degredation by horses. I would make sure you have some good hiking boots as it gives you possibly the highest chance to turn an ankle. Also, I wouldn't think of going back there unless water was low and slight chance of showers or thunderstorms.

06-25-2009, 01:17 PM
Agreed with MBB, the loose rocks really pose a bigger problem than the steep incline. While the trail can be tough, especially if it's hot and humid, it can be done without much of a problem if you are a hiker. Also, like MBB said, if you're going to fish raven then be very cautious of going there if the water is up. It is a dangerous place to wade if the water is low, let alone even normal spring flows. The enloe creek trail isn't bad at all and will take you all the way over to chasteen creek, a nice hike.

06-25-2009, 03:09 PM
Thank you everyone for your information. This has been helpful in my trip planning.

I am still interested in anyone's thoughts about leaving a vehicle in the parking lot for a week. My understanding is this is a somewhat secluded location and wondering if anyone has heard about any issues.

Thanks again for everyones input. http://littleriveroutfitters.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif

06-25-2009, 03:18 PM
I wouldn't leave anything of value in my vehicle if I were to leave it anywhere in the Park or other areas for that matter. If there doesn't appear to be anything of value, then the thieves will be less likely to mess with your vehicle. You may even want to leave your glove box or other compartments open to show they're empty.


fly fisherman DK
06-25-2009, 03:29 PM
We left my dad's car there for two days and had no problems. The thing is is that a thief would have enough trouble just finding the spot where big cove road enters the park because there are so many small roads going everywhere in that area. Also, in my mind a car jacker would go to a parking lot that he knew how to get to easier anyways so I really don't think you should encounter any problems if you leave it there. If I were you I wouldn't worry about it because it is highly unlikely that someone would take your car back there.

Daniel Koeppel

06-25-2009, 03:34 PM
LOL, Thanks - all good points, now I can just concentrate on worrying about the hike in. :biggrin:

Jim Casada
06-25-2009, 06:06 PM
The straight Fork Road actually gets quite a bit of traffic, most of it coming down the one-way (down to Round Bottom) road from Heintooga Overlook. There are also a fair number of locals up and down the road each day. I personally wouldn't worry about leaving a vehicle here any more than at dozens of other spots in the Park. One note of caution--once you reach Enloe Creek your only trail access to Raven Fork is where you cross the stream to the designated campsite. If you plan to fish Rave Fork or make your way to Three Forks (one of the most beautiful places in the Park) you will be bushwhacking. It's rough, rugged country, the most remote on the N. C. side of the Park. Jim Casada

06-26-2009, 12:49 PM
Jim is right just be prepared for some of the most rugged areas in the park. Don't go alone and make sure and take your time and be careful, you would hate to break an ankle back there. (By the way, looking forward to your book!)

As far as the car is concerned i wouldn't worry about it. Now i have only left it there for a few days, not a week, but i wouldn't be worried about it at all. Enjoy yourself and take plenty of pics to share with us. Oh yeah, don't forget your beetles.

06-26-2009, 10:01 PM
I've parked over there and Round Bottoms many times over the years and never had any problem.

06-27-2009, 09:44 AM
I spent a couple nights there in April. Trailhead is 2.5 miles past the fishery. The parking area is on your left and will be the first you see on your way in. Don't leave anything valuable in the car, leave it and forget about it. It should be fine.

The hike in takes you up over the hill, but isn't that bad if you're in moderate condition. I don't recommend it, but I did the hike with Chacos and had no problems.

Make a reservation if you camp at foty-sevn. It's a small but nice spot right on the stream. I imagine it's a bit cramped if full. FYI - the rocks near the site are loaded with mice that will come out when it gets dark.

Again, a very rugged area. The fishing is good but takes a LOT of work. Bushwacking and traversing the stream took way more out of me than the hike in/out.

Be safe and follow up with us when you get back.