Meadow Fork Creek

Located south of the town of Hot Springs, Meadow Fork is a tributary of Spring Creek which joins it about 6/10 mile south of the Bluff Community. It has a good population of native rainbow trout as well as the hatchery-supported trout. It is about 11 miles long and about 10 to 12 feet wide.

The best area to fish is from where the Meadow Fork Creek joins Spring Creek to the area called “Winding Stairs” by the local folks. It gets its name because of a cascade of water that drops about 200-300 feet. This area stretches for about 3 to 4 miles and has the best pools.

Meadow Fork Creek is hatchery-supported, be sure to check out when they stock the creek so that you can plan your trip accordingly. Check out the NC stocking schedule linked on our fishing homepage to see when the next batch of fish will be delivered.

You can find a few large brown trout in the 18-19” class here!


From Hot Springs: Take Highway 209 for about 7 to 8 miles to the Bluff Community (marked by a sign). Turn right at Meadow Fork Road at the sign that says “Max Patch 10 miles.” The Creek parallels Meadow Fork Road.