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Vaughn Creek Greenway
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CHALLENGE: Hike the Vaughn Creek Greenway
Primary Route: Hike the Vaughn Creek Greenway past Siller Falls to its end at a tunnel.
Hiking Distance: 1.5 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trailhead: Click here to enter your address and receive turn-by-turn directions to the trailhead. GPS users may enter N35.2080, W-82.2271. in their units. Park in the large grassy field at the southeast corner of New Market Road and Vaughn Street. The entrance to the field--which can accommodate many vehicles--is off of Vaughn Street just beyond the intersection. Once parked, walk New Market Street south (toward the road bridge over the creek and away from the direction of town) for 200 yards. Cross to the other side of the road to find the trailhead marked by a gravel driveway leading uphill and a sign for the Vaughn Creek Greenway.
The trail begins beyond the sign; walk around a chained gate that blocks vehicle access to the greenway. After a short climb up the gravel path, the greenway levels and the walking is easy and pleasant for the duration of the hike. The path parallels Vaughn Creek, a stream that resembles a mountain brook far more than a waterway that is found in the North Carolina piedmont. At 0.2 mi., look downhill on the left to see Vaughn Creek plunging off of a small shelf to form Siller Falls. Like the stream itself, the falls is a rarity considering its location far below the western North Carolina high country. Beyond the falls, cross under a powerline at 0.6 mi. and reach the end of the greenway at 0.75 mi. Here, view a long congrete tunnel where Vaughn Creek flows under railroad tracks. Cool air flows out of the tunnel which can be refreshing on a hot day.