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Big Fat Branch Trail to Sliderock Creek

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Nantahala National Forest

Big Fat Branch Trail to Sliderock Creek is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Robbinsville, North Carolina and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and whitewater kayaking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,230 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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13 days ago

Started out from Big Fat Branch trail. 1.5 miles downhill to the Slickrock Creek trail intersection. This section is short, but strenuous. 1 mile down Slickrock trail to the first waterfall. There are good campsites < .25 mile BEFORE the first falls. After that, campsites are few and far between. Trail is rugged but scenic and rewarding. Good swimming holes too. Looked for fish but didn’t see any, there are native brown trout in this stream. We hiked this trail late June and the many stream crossings were manageable even after some rain.

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2 months ago

Nothing “easy” about this trail. Down, down, down, ok I knew that. Steeper than anticipated with softball sized rocks and following a tributary. Got to Slickrock Creek unprepared to cross the 20’ upper shin deep creek. At 44 degrees and raining I took it as a sign to turn back. So sorry as the reward lies just ahead. You just have to pace yourself on the return trip. Doable but certainly not rated as easy. Moderate + Slickrock Creek Trail from Cheoah Dam is a better Trail in my opinion. Much more technical with beautiful forest scenery and awesome river views.

11 months ago

A very enjoyable hike. The trail is part on the Big Fat Branch trail and then it takes the 42 Sliderock Creek trail north. The Big Fat Branch trail is all downhill, so the return trip is all uphill. The Sliderock trail goes out and back over the creek a few times. We wore hiking shoes for the first half and then switched to water shoes for the slide rock trail. The 2nd waterfall has a great pool for swimming but it is tricky to get there. Instead of crossing the river right before the waterfall, stay on the east side. You can hike down to the bottom of the first waterfall and then scramble to the bottom of the 2nd waterfall. On the trail there are a number of downed trees, but they are easy enough to scramble over or under. A few places had a little over growth but it was always easy to find the trail.

1 month ago

8 months ago

Sun Sep 04 2016