Big Creek Trail

EASY 40 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
1299 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly





horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers

no dogs

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

3 months ago

River was nice to walk along. Did not have any views. Finding a friendly hunting dog made it a little more fun.

3 months ago

This is a beautiful trail along the river for the entire length of the trail. Although you gain about 1300 feet of elevation, it is very gradual.

mountain biking
4 months ago

AllTrails hosed us on this one: drove to the trail head to find that BIKES are NOT PERMITTED on this NPS trail. You owe me half a day of vacation Looked like a nice trail...oh well, guess I've discovered way more trails than not with this app. Please update tag - also there is a trail listed as Cuyahoga Valley NP that is really in Great Smoky Mtn NP.

6 months ago

Good hike if you want to go swimming. This trail is miss tagged for mountain biking. We came to mountain bike and mountain biking is not allowed on the trail.

7 months ago

Great hike for families or novice hikers. Bring your suits and go for a dip on a warm day, just know it is usually VERY busy. I rate this hike 5 stars because I can bring even my littlest peanuts and this began their love of hiking, otherwise I would have probably given 4 stars for traffic.

8 months ago

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

8 months 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.

9 months 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.

11 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.

11 months ago

Hot and dry summer of 2016.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

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.

Monday, October 31, 2016

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.

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.

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!!!!

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.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Big Creek is beautiful! The water was high and moving very fast due to all the rain and snow melt and it was so clean and clear. I spotted several places that would make great swimming holes and picnic spots and the campgrounds at the end looked very welcoming. This trail would make a nice outing for families with kids and/or older folks. I look forward to seeing what it's like during the warmer months and hopefully do some swimming and camping!

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Trail crosses the creek several times. Great hike but be prepared to get your feet wet. Trail can be 4 wheeled as well if vehicle is low or you bring your chain saw.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

This is a nice hike to Walnut Bottoms campground with waterfalls and swimming holes along the way. The campsites provide a view of the Big Creek and the sound of the creek provides for great sleeping.

4 days ago

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