- Distance: 7.8 miles one way
- Elevation Change: 2125 feet
- Difficulty: Strenuous!
The trailhead is located at a small parking lot next to the Pisgah Forest Ranger Station on US 276, 1.4 miles north of the junction with Hwy 280.
Begin walking on the gravel road beside the fence past the sign for the trailhead for 0.2 miles where Black Mountain Trail leaves the road and forks to the left. The Mountains-to-the-Sea Trail ALTERNATE merges in from the right after 1/2 mile.
The highlight of the trail is Buckhorn Gap Shelter. It is picturesque with a spring just feet from the shelter.
February 9, 2014