1.3 miles • Difficulty rating: Easy
The 534 acres in this Rose Creek portion of the Pisgah Game Lands of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission adjoin the Blue Ridge Parkway near Heffner Gap just north of Altapass.
This area was protected with funds from Fred and Alice Stanback, the North Carolina Natural Heritage Trust Fund and the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund in 2008. The Conservation Trust for North Carolina played a lead role with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and the NC Department of Cultural Resources in the protection effort.
The trail is part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail because it is part of the route walked by Patriot Militia from east Tennessee and south west Virginia on September 29, 1780 as they crossed the Blue Ridge to pursue a British led Loyalist force that had threatened to attack and destroy their homes. That pursuit ended with the Patriot victory and the death of the British leader,
Major Patrick Ferguson, at the Battle of Kings Mountain on October 7, 1780.
See http://www.nps.gov/ovvi/index.htm for more details about this national historic trail.
Funds from Fred and Alice Stanback, The Conservation Fund, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Blue Ridge Conservancy and several individuals paid for trail and footbridge construction, trail signs and a granite marker. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission provided valuable assistance in locating the trail and in placing the signs and granite marker.
What you can expect to see on the trail: The trail generally follows Little Rose Creek for much of its length through oak and cove forests.
Directions to the trail head: Park at the Heffner Gap overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Parkway milepost 325.9). Walk across the Parkway to old woods road. The trail follows the old woods road to Altapass Road (SR 1121). Alternately, from the Heffner Gap overlook, travel south on the Blue Ridge Parkway to McKinney Gap. At McKinney Gap turn right onto Parkway exit. At the stop sign turn left onto Altapass Road. Continue for 0.25 mi. to parking area on the right.