This is a Federal wilderness area that is beautiful in good weather. But make no mistake you can get in trouble when sudden rains hit and flood the creek. There is excellent trout fishing and kayaking and camping in marked areas. Just take heed this place is a wilderness that has snakes, bears, and other animals that require common sense. There is a great visitor center that tells a history of the area that includes the story of an entire town that was destroyed in a flood and an unknown number of people that lost their lives in Mortimer NC.
Wilson’s Creek Hiking Hazards
Wilsons Creek is a wild and wonderful place. We love for people to visit this wilderness area. But come prepared for your adventure. We do not want your hike to turn into our Search and Rescue Mission (SAR).
Most trails are long, winding, steep, and wonderfilled. Some suggestions:
- Always bring several layers of clothing. When it’s in the 80s at the base of a mountain the temperature up top, where it’s several thousand feet higher, will be lower. On the rare occasions, it can even snow. The Temparture can drop down to below 50 degrees at night. (At times, even in the 30s.) If you start out in a t-shirt, toss a long-sleeved shirt, a fleece and spare socks in a daypack or a hip pack. Lightweight rain gear is handy if it starts pouring.
- Wear shoes with a good grip, because most trails are a mix of rock and dirt. Over the ankle hiking boots may help save you from twisted ankles on rough trails, where shale or rocks stud the dirt to keep the paths from eroding.
- Several people I know who have knee problems use walking sticks. You can get lightweight ones at many sporting goods stores.
- Bring a small first aid kit, a flashlight, a compass and a map. Sounds low-tech, but there are places in the wilderness where you can’t get a cell signal and the GPS or other apps on your Smartphone won’t be available to you.
- Bring Food and Water