This page is for shuttle directions to the put-in and take-out for the Green Narrows, and to the hike-in trail.

To Fishtop (the take-out) from Asheville:

26 East
Exit 59
Left off exit, and go 200 yards
Left on Green Cove Rd.
3 miles downhill
"Fishtop Access" lot on your left

To Put-in from Fishtop:

26 West
Exit 53...."Upward Road"
Right off exit and go 1.5 miles
Right on Big Hungry Road (after brick church)
first Left on Big Hungry Road
first Right on Big Hungry Road
first Right on Gallimore Road
Follow to bottom
"Keyholder Lot" on your right, trail on your left, .6 miles gentle downhill (first 2/3 on old roadbed).

To Pulliam Creek Trail (to hike in to the heart of the Narrows) from Asheville:

26 East
Exit 53...."Upward Road"
Left off exit and go 1.5 miles
Right on Big Hungry Road (after brick church)
first Left on Big Hungry Road
first Right on Big Hungry Road
DON'T TAKE first Right on Gallimore Road....
...But continue 3.1 more miles
Park in unmarked pull-off on right
Cross little log bridge
~1.5 miles of mellow downhill ...and some uphill after crossing Pulliam Creek
Don't take offshoot trails
Cross two log bridges after crossing creek
Drop off to the right after large bend around to the left, see flagging tape, ropes, trail.
This part is wicked steep, 200 yards tops,
Then jump across the creek, and you're at Groove Tube
Good trail leading upstream a couple hundred yards to Gorilla.

Google road map to Pulliam Creek trailhead.

Tips for those hiking in to watch the race: Allow an hour-plus for the crowded hike, and plan to get there well before 12 noon to look around and get situated. The trail will be stacked and slow-going on the steep part. Don't underestimate the time required. Also, you'll be in there for a few hours, and it's colder down in there so dress accordingly. If you're early, scamper even further upstream of Gorilla as there lots to see up there. Parking for the race is normally very tight, as only a few spots are technically "off the road". Some local residents out there have been upset in the past. Please use caution, don't break any laws, do the best you can, etc. The hike can take only 30 minutes if you're really stepping right along, but on race day it's a whole 'nother story. Finally, in terms of safety, not all dangers exist just for the paddlers. People hiking in to watch the race would be wise to read the cautionary article written by veteran Green Narrows racer Adam Herzog in the AW Journal, linked to in this photograph.

To go to a page of maps for the Green Narrows, click here.

To go to the AW Green Narrows page, click here.

To go to The Green Race Information Page, click here.

Author: John Pilson   Location: @Green 2. Green Narrows, NC
Subject: Shuttle and Hiking  Rapid: "I like to watch"
Date: 05/18/07  Level:
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Karla Held
9 years ago

More great information from Mr. Pilson! Mil gracias!