Big East Fork

A wonderful, peaceful, relaxing, quiet, renewing respite for 2 local parent caretakers. Andrew’s Attic and Willow Winds were perfect for our “staycation”. Your attention to detail on the grounds and in the cabins contributed to the pleasant two days we spent here. Thank you. We will be back!

Valerie & Edwin (Hendersonville, NC )

Swimming holes and trout fishing
6.8 miles: Moderate

If you like water as much as you like charming vacation cabin rentals in NC, this is your trail. The East Fork of the Pigeon River is a wide mountain stream with deep swimming holes and many small waterfalls. Hikers can dictate their own distance on this out-and-back path. Parties often just hike one mile to some popular bathing spots. The farther in you hike, the fewer people you will see and the more beautiful the river valley becomes.

The Big East Fork Trail travels for 3.4 miles to the Bridges Camp Gap and Greasy Cove trails. The first mile follows easy, flat terrain.

On the trail

From the trailhead, follow the gravel path for about 100 yards to a junction. Take a left for the Big East Fork Trail. Return the same way.

Driving directions

From Willow Winds, take a right on Sweeten Creek Road. Drive 0.5 miles and then take a left on Rock Hill Road at the traffic light. Drive one mile down and then take a left on Hendersonville Road. Just 0.2 miles down, take a right onto the entrance ramp for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Take a right on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Exit the parkway at mile 412, turning right at the bottom of the entrance ramp on U.S. 276. Drive north for 2.9 miles to the Big East Fork Trailhead, a gravel parking lot on the west side of the road.

We came here for a short getaway from our home & faily in Michigan and we’ve had a wonderful time. The Willow Winds property proved to be all that it had promised and then some. We hope to return with our kids sometime. Asheville was a lot of fun too — very different from what we’re used to. Our favorite eatery was Jack of the Wood’s, We tried the Scotch eggs, some local brew’s and the Sheppard’s pie…all accompanied by some very talented bluegrass musicians.

Thanks Willow Winds for a great place to stay

Jim And Sharon (Michigan)


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