Basin Creek Trail

HARD 22 reviews

Basin Creek Trail is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hays, North Carolina 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.

10.1 miles
1,591 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash






wild flowers


18 days ago

This is an excellent trail. My girlfriend and I, along with our two pups had a GREAT experience on this one. we hiked in and set up camp in the primitive sites provided (without a permit) we weren't aware that a permit was required so definitely look into, I know we will next time. The other reviews are spot on, tons of creek crossings, beautiful views and only one other group camping. definitely recommended if you are in the area!

19 days ago

This was one of the most gorgeous hikes I've ever done. The growth is so lush and green and Basin Creek provides so main beautiful scenes. It's funny, the cabin is almost anticlimactic after the hike :-)

2 months ago

Did this hike with a couple buddies a few weeks back. We backpacked into the primitive camping area (about 2 miles) in the morning and set up camp. It’s not too “primitive” in my opinion, there are I think 6 sites with metal fire rings with attached grates for grilling, metal hooks to hang lanterns from and even food storage (bear) boxes for each site. We day hiked the rest of the trail up to the cabin and back after lunch and dipped our feet in at the waterfall. Pretty much the whole trail is shaded which was nice in the heat. Too many creek crossings to count, but we had no issues getting across with dry feet. It was really fantastic, the ruins are cool and I will definitely be returning. I might even try to do one of the loops that I saw on the map out there for a longer hike.

4 months ago

Had such a great day out on this hike! Beautiful from start to finish. Wore the wrong shoes however, water proof hiking Sandals would probably have been best over my, now soaked, hiking boots. But a great day regardless.

5 months ago

I’ve hiked thousands of trails, across the US and Caribbean, and this is one of my top five favorite trails I’ve ever done. Highly recommend, especially if you have dogs.

6 months ago

Wife and I hiked this past weekend. Very enjoyable hike, once you submit to the notion your feet are going to get wet as you cross the streams. It is March so the creek levels are high. The addition of seeing the history of the 1916 flood was an added element to the hike. I would rate the trail moderate to strenuous, as of right now it needs some maintenance due to some downed trees. Two questions I have for hikers who are very familiar with the trail. I would like to know where the "perfect chimney," is located and the Caudill family cemetery.

6 months ago

Absolutely loved this followed the creek most of the way except for the fire road area. It had beautiful waterfall views and 16 creek crossings one way which ends up to be 32. For an out and back trail it was great..alot of down trees to climb over but still fun. The cabin at the end is well worth the obstacles.

8 months ago

Great trails for a day hike. Beautiful year round and breathtaking view from the summit. Highly recommend going in winter during snow season.

9 months ago

There were a total of 16 creek crossings. There could be more after a good snow melt or a good rain. From the parkig area, the cabin is actually 5.72 miles and the primitive camping area is 1.7 miles which is where the trail junctions are located. We hiked a total of 11.2 miles total from the parking area to the cabin and back. The first cabin chimney ruins is on the left shortly past the trail split and grave sight. There are more along the trail, after creek crossing 6, 7, & 10.  There are a few good sized waterfalls along this trail, one just before the 5th creek crossing and another between the 11th and 12th creek crossings with smaller ones along the way.

Monday, August 14, 2017

I loved this trail. The history of this area added facets of emotion and meaning. The creek crossings were manageable with the added help of hiking poles, although any amount of rain would likely make some of them more difficult. The trail itself didn't seem too strenuous, but it's important to mind your step on some of the terrain with steep inclines/declines and slick rocks. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the remnants! I can't wait to go back.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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!

Monday, February 22, 2016

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.

Monday, October 05, 2015

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!

5 months ago

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