PAC Trails

Norman Wilder Forest:

185 Acres of Wilderness Exploration!

Norman Wilder Forest was first opened to the public in September 2001.

This beautiful natural resource consists of 185 protected acres of mature third growth mixed hardwood forest located on the steep slopes of Little Warrior Mountain. Trails wind through beautiful vistas and provide hikers with a leafy canopy of shade trees and stunning views of sheer rock walls.

Bridges, steps, and trails make this a most enjoyable moderate hike of approximately 2-3 miles.

Norman Wilder Forest Rules:

Daylight hours only. Trails for foot traffic only. Please stay on marked trails.

Take only photographs

Leave only footprints

To see the Trail Map, Click Here: Norman Wilder Forest Trail Map

To see the Bird Check List, Click Here: Norman Wilder Forest Bird Check List


From Spartanburg Take I-26 West, Exit at ‘Tryon Columbus’ (exit 67).  Turn right into traffic circle.  Continue across the bridge & exit right,  Out of the circle, onto HWY 108, toward Tryon, then take HWY 176 west toward Saluda to the parking area/trail head on the right, just past Riverview Road.

From Hendersonville Take I-26 East, Exit at ‘Saluda 176’ (exit 59).  Turn right on Ozone Drive.  Go approximately 1 mile.  Turn left on HWY 176. Continue on 176 to parking area/trail head on the left side of the road, near Valhalla, just past Tau Rock Vineyard Road.

Parking is available at the trail head off of Hwy 176.

Due to vandalism, security, and maintenance issues, the parking area off of Tau Rock Vineyard (a private road) is no longer available.

Twin Bridges “Childers” – Melrose Falls

melrose3-by Rich StevensonMelrose Falls (photo by Rich Stevenson; prints for sale)

This site is not an official public hiking trail, but PAC does not discourage the respectful use of this property strictly for foot traffic on existing trails.

Melrose Falls Rules:
Hours are from dawn to dusk.
Please stay on trails.
Take nothing but pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
No vehicles, no littering, no vandalism, no fires, & no camping.
Dogs must be kept under owner’s control.
Use at own risk.
Respect nature. Enjoy.

Check out Rich Stevenson’s write up about Melrose Falls by clicking here

You can also watch a video of the waterfall, sound and all, by clicking here

Check out this video by HD Carolina.

Kevin Adams featured this waterfall in his book, North Carolina Waterfalls, 2016.  Check out his website here.

PACs Norman Wilder Forest Trail is located along the North Carolina Birding Trail.

  You can purchase a North Carolina Birding Trail – Mountain Trail Guide by following this link: North Carolina Birding Trail – Mountain Trail Guide

The 192-page guide presents the traveler with 105 birding sites, in 18 groupings across the North Carolina mountains, in areas west of Interstate 77.

Each group includes a map and site descriptions for each birding destination, as well as focal species, habitat listings and on-site visitor amenities. “While You’re In The Area” listings at the end of each grouping offer additional visitor opportunities in the local area.

There are also North Carolina Birding Trail Guides available for the Piedmont and Coastal Plain.


Other area hikes:

Click on the “Links to other natural resource websites” tab, to view a list of area hiking trails and downloadable trail maps.

Click here to download and print a NEW map of Polk County Area Walking Paths Hiking Trails and Playgrounds.

Click here for a link to the Town of Tryon website that lists more area hiking!

Click here for a link to Polk County Parks and Recreation website that lists more area hiking!