TO TRAILHEAD: US 19/US 23 N to Weaverville then US 25/US 70 W to Hot Springs, NC. Turn L onto River Rd., then L again onto Silvermine Rd. Pass under bridge and park in lot @ Nantahala Outdoor Center French Broad Outpost.
Start at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and hit the trail for a beautiful, yet rugged 12.7-mile walk under hardwoods and through Nantahala Gorge. Not up for a long day hike? Stop at Sassafras Gap Shelter and swap stories with thru-hikers.