The North Slope trail (#359) is a short, easy loop above the Davidson River Campground just inside the Pisgah National Forest. It is popular in the winter with mountain bikers, but is closed to them during the busy summer months. This trail stays relatively wet, being on the north face and all there are several spring heads that pop out along this loop. It is dark and slimy most of the year, but the ferns and moss make it worth it. Look close, you might see a few salamanders.
From town, drive into the main entrance of Pisgah National Forest. Go .5 miles and you will see signs for the Davidson River campground. Before crossing the bridge, make a left into the parking lot. From here, cross the bridge and make a right onto the Exercise Trail (#344), and head up river. You will see signs directing you to the North Slope trail through the campground. Follow them, and you will cut through the campground and climb your way up into the cove above the campground. This loop is taking you counter clockwise, and you will wind up near the entrance to the campground. Make a right at the campground amphitheatre, continue right out of the campground across the bridge and back to your car.