Basin Creek Trail is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hays, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Grate hike challenging last stretch with home steeds chimneys and ruins from the destruction of the 1916 landslide beautiful hike and one loan standing structure at the end Home of Martin Caudill and his family during the landslide
The first 1.8 mi was a maintenance Rd, more of a walk then hike. The remainders was a great hike. Beautiful flora and fauna. A majority of trail was creek side. Crossings where easy to moderate. However check the weather prior to heading out, if the weather turns some crossings could become dangerous if not impassable. The humidity level is very high so take and drink plenty of water. We will definitely return.
Have a great hike!
This trail is more like 12 miles. There were probably between 10 and 15 pretty tough stream crossings so come prepared! I had to make some pretty long jumps and risky maneuvers to stay dry, also being 6'5 helped a lot. If you're not athletic, a risk taker, or really tall, you should count on getting wet. Of course, I did this hike after a few record setting months in terms of rainfall, so maybe it's easier when the water is running at normal height.
The waterfall is cool, but you don't get a very close up view of it unfortunately.
The trail isn't marked until you get to the campsite. When you leave the parking area you will hike about two miles to the campground and then you'll see signs for Basin Creek. It says 3.3 miles from the campground but it's closer to 4.
This awesome trail takes you back and forth across Basin Creek about 16 times and up to historical Caudill Cabin, all that remains of the original Basin Creek Community that was taken out by a flood in 1916. I love it!