We recently published a FREE map of the Rough Creek Watershed Trail System in Haywood County. A short 30 minute drive from Asheville, the area was listed as an outstanding ecological site by the Society of American Forestry in 1979. It was also certified as a North Carolina Registered Natural Heritage Area (NCRNHA), because of its unique Swamp Forest-Bog complex (Glades section) that contained many rare & endangered plants. In 2002, with the help of the Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy, a conservation easement was established throughout the watershed property. This was made possible through a partnership between the Town of Canton & the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The watershed and trail system is open to the public year-round during daylight hours.
As part of our work with the Town of Canton, a map was published to the Avenza PDF-Maps App and store. In the near future, we’ll be adding a PDF of this map to the Town of Canton website (“Rough Creek Watershed” Trail System | canton) as well as an interactive web map. We also plan on providing GPX files of the trails and roads. The Rough Creek Watershed Trail System is in Haywood County
The Town of Canton is working to promote the Rough Creek Watershed Trail System as a place people can get out to enjoy the outdoors while visiting the town. The watershed consists of 870 acres of land with 3 trails totaling over 10 miles. A great asset of the Town of Canton and the local community. The trails and roads can get overgrown during the summer so this is a good time of year to go for a hike or ride. Currently, the trails must be accessed from the trailhead at the southern entrance. A hidden gem in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Mountain bikers and hikers alike will find area unique a worth a trip to get out and explore!
Download the PDF-Maps app here – Avenza PDF Maps | Get the app. Get the map.® and then do a quick search for Rough Creek Watershed. The map is free and will download to your phone so it works with the phone GPS and no cell phone reception. Available for iOS and Android.
We hope you enjoy it!