Big Creek Trail

EASY 24 reviews

Big Creek Trail is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

10.5 miles
1381 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly





mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers

no dogs

Directions from Waterville, NC: Travel south on SR 32 to the campground and pick up the trail there.

2 days ago

excellent..we went june 20, full blossom of rhododendron. beautiful!

4 days ago

24 days ago

Only did about 2 miles or so of the trail as we arrived late in the day. You could hear the creek raging pretty much the entire time.

1 month ago

Very easy walking on wide trail. Gentle but steady grade. Arrived at trailhead at 11:30am, but encountered few people until heading out later in afternoon. Weather was beautiful and warm. Water was gloriously cool. Lots of great sights along the way with the roaring river nearly always near.

2 months ago

3 months ago

3 months ago

Did a five day hike with a group in early March 2017 and started on this trail. It was a great trail to begin with.

3 months ago

Hot and dry summer of 2016.

6 months ago

Very beautiful hike along the creek. However there are a lot of rocks to walk on. Wear good shoes and maybe bring a walking stick.

6 months ago

7 months ago

This was beautiful in the fall. I wouldn't go on this trail again just because the trail itself was not interesting ,it's just a wide straight trail with no real interest points,but the surroundings were very beautiful. This trail is listed as easy on all trails app,and it is indeed a very easy trail. The creek is along side the trail the entire time..we were only able to hike 7 miles as we took a lot of breaks at the creek and ran out of daylight. Mouse Creek Falls is exactly how it describes..small. So if you go only to see the might be disappointed if you are expecting a larger fall. All around,I would highly recommend this trail during fall,as the trees and colors are beautiful. The creek is a huge plus ,many access points to the creek.

8 months ago

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

I did this trail accidentally attempting to do the Baxter Creek trail to get to the fire tower at Mt. Sterling. I accidently went on the trail on the other side of the parking lot! This trail was still beautiful and would be great to come back to and overnight camp. Perhaps even do a 15 or 16 mile loop from Big Creek connecting over to Baxter Creek for Mt. Sterling. It was fairly easy grade. I went on about a mile after Big Creek comes into contact with Low Gap trail. Trail ran on my way back and it was very enjoyable. The trail follows a raging creek which makes for great scenery and white noise. Trail is very well maintained and would be a good hike for those that are not that experienced.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Monday, November 30, 2015

This trail was beautiful. Water was beside us the whole hike up. Not to steep. Lots of stones on path that tripped you up most of the time, so you need to wear good shoes. But overall, we would do it again. Loved it!!!!

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A few wilderness camping spots.. small foot path that gets progressively steeper toward the end of the valley.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Easy to moderate backpacking.