Richmond Hill Trails

Posted By on May 21, 2020

Richmond Hill Trails

4.2 miles; Asheville, NC

I’ve been passing signs for this park for a while and finally decided to go check it out. Nice woodland trails, but after all the recent rain it was a bit muddy.

Unnamed Creek

This is a pretty trail system, if not too well marked. They don’t blaze any of the trails, they just put up a sign at trail intersections. The purple trail follows an unnamed creek which feeds into Smith Creek, both of which were running pretty well.

Railroad Track

The northernmost part of the Orange trail had a little extension that ended at the railroad tracks, and you could see the French Broad River beyond them.

Smith Creek

As I mentioned, these trails aren’t blazed, per se, and there are many many side trails and intersecting trails and crossover trails. There is a map I found online, but the colors of the trails on that map have little to no correlation to the actual colors on the ground, and there are way more colors on site, too. I had originally downloaded a track from AllTrails, and I got turned around even trying to follow it. As you will see on my map of my journey, below… there’s a part you just gotta ignore.

Another Track and River View

It’s easier to see the French Broad River on the far side of the railroad tracks in this shot. This was on the Brown trail? I think? I lost track, so to speak.

Mapleleaf Viburnum

There were some wildflowers to be seen, too, but not a huge variety. Lot of Lyreleaf Sage. Tons of that. Some viburnum, and a lot of fleabane.

You can find the map of dubious value as well as some more info on Richmond Hill Park at this “Friends of” website. Oh, I forgot to mention that there is a large disc golf course at the park also. And as always, click the image above for details about this hike and to download the gps track.


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