Big Creek Perimeter Loop is a 33.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waynesville, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Winter is a great time to make this hike. The views are open and you'll meet far fewer hikers on the trail. If you do choose a winter hike, make a frank assessment of your backpacking abilities and prepare for snow and frigid conditions. It is not uncommon to leave from the trailhead with clear skies and temperatures in the fifties, only to find yourself plowing through snow and subfreezing temperatures in the higher elevations.