Rough Creek Watershed, Haywood County, North Carolina
The Rough Creek Watershed is 870 acres of protected mountain land north of Canton, North Carolina, in Haywood County. This is privately held land, so there are rules for hikers and mountain bikers, but it is open to the general public. The trail system is more than 10 miles, and incorporates historical road beds with well maintained single tracks for foot and bike activity. The watershed contains nearly seven miles of streams, seeps, springs, and bogs. We saw lots of evidence of wild turkeys, while black bear and bobcat are also known to inhabit the area. Rough Creek Watershed is a nice year-round family hiking experience.