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Snooks Nose is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Old Fort, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 1,820 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Forest River Views Waterfall
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Kate Carter
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Bathrooms are available at the nearby campsite and there were clear parking areas. Trailhead is marked but is actually about .25 miles along the road from the suggested starting point (just walk along the road until you see the Snook's Nose trailhead- it is on the opposite side of the street from the campground). Hike is steep, but features a rhododendron tunnel and solid views at the top. When we hiked (9/20), we saw evidence of recent trail maintenance, so likely the trail conditions were improved relative to other reviews. There are still lots of roots, but nothing overgrown and the more complicated turns well-marked. We added about 1 mile each way (but a measly 400 feet elevation) to continue to Laurel Knob, which also had nice views. Saw neither a waterfall (disappointing) nor a snake (less disappointing).

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Steve Zimovan
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Hike was hard work. Very steep. Some of the trail is very muddy and washed out. Views at the top would have been nice without the fog!

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Sonya Hurtado
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Extremely steep! Careful coming down after rainy weather! At Snooks Nose watch out for snakes sunbathing.

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Lanie Honeycutt
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Great, challenging trail with shade up to the summit and a gorgeous view at the top. My garmin registered round trip at 5.1 miles instead of 4.1. Be warned, several reviewers mentioned rattlesnakes at the top, but what we found was 9 copperheads denned up under the first large rock formation as you reach the peak. Be very careful where you step, place your hands, and sit once you’re on the summit.

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Jon Boguski
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If you plan to hike this trail you must be vigilant at the summit. Like previous posts mentioned, the rocks are littered with snakes. I am fairly certain they are predominantly copper heads. One struck my dog on a leash immediately upon breaking the summit. I would advise leaving your dog behind for this hike. The snake struck her nose and it became swollen shortly after. She is doing fine but it was quite a scare. I saw a total of three snakes resembling copperheads in the rocks but did not spend much time to investigate. If it was just me without my dog hiking, I don’t think I would have been bothered. Just be very careful. Grueling hike to the top though. Good workout. Nice views at the summit, but wish I could have had time to enjoy it more.

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Ben Cashatt
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This trail is no joke tough. It is a big elevation climb in a short distance. We hiked it on July 30th. Did not see a waterfall on the hike but did see at least 10 rattlesnakes at the top sleeping in the cracks of the exposed boulders. Be cautious. As you approach the top and the trail becomes exposed rocks, immediately to the left, right where you would want to take a seat, check the cracks, and underneath the boulders and around the big rocks, sleeping snakes Indiana Jones style. Great view at the top. Shaded hike all the way and high enough elevation for some cooler temperatures on our day. Also, the trailhead was a little tricky to find, near the paved round about Curtis Creek campsite.

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Colin K
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Great news everyone! The rattlesnake that the reviewer from 4 days ago mentioned has had babies! Tucked under a rock and all tangled up together, we spotted no fewer than 5 rattlesnakes. One was very large and you could easily see its rattle. The others were tiny and adorable. Based on their markings, I would guess it was a timber rattler. Definitely be careful around the rocks at the top of this hike. We didn't see the nest until we were probably 3 feet away and about to sit down.

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Kayliegh Hill
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Encountered a rattlesnake at the top today, right under the boulders on the ridge. This was a workout for sure and the view was a nice reward. Went early and didn't encounter anyone on the trail. This hike is a no-brainer if you're staying in Curtis Creek or nearby and are up for the challenge. Nice and shady all the way up. Still, soaking in the creek afterward was probably the best part!

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Lincoln Baxter
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Very nice! Rated difficult, strenuous for sure. Mostly all up, with a few relatively flat sections, one about 1/2 way up. Two trees down on the trail. One had to be "waded" through. Beautiful mountain Laurel still bluming. Beautiful glade/tunnel of mountain Laurel. Rewarding panorama at the summit. Very enjoyable hike. Encountered no one on the trail. :-).

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Matthew Biellier
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It is definitely a brutal ascent. The trail is well maintained and not a lot of places to roll an ankle. Also, there is shade the entire way to the top. The amazing view at the top makes it well worth it! Check out a 360 video of the hike on my Facebook page. http://facebook.com/TravelingWithBuhLahKay

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Brisha B
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Great morning workout! One spot with fallen tree blocking the path. When we got up we kept walking, the first opening is the knob!

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Scott & Ashley Young
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Intense workout! Steady incline the whole way up. Beautiful large trees and lovely canopy. We literally saw zero people our whole climb. The summit has a beautiful opening with some boulders to relax on. Gorgeous panoramic views of the blue ridge mountains. Saw a few baby eagles soaring above! Serious quad burn on the way down. Recommend trail shoes or hiking boots!

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Chad Mitchell
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Great calf-burning trail. Stays pretty steep but lots of rewards. It’s well marked and defined the whole way up but you do have to walk down to the river to see the small waterfall. I will definitely go again as it’s a good area to spend a couple of days exploring.

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Jack Parsons
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Very steep, challenging trail. Took one day up to the ridge and then down the other side to Lower Laurel Log in 2010, then back to Horse Branch the next day. The climb down the ridge towards Laurel Log seems nearly sheer. Raced a thunderstorm down the ridge back towards Horse Branch. Fantastic views at the top during summer.

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Georgia Toney
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Workout! Views are worth it! Saw quite a few bees and yellow jackets so bring an eppi pen if allergic just in case, they didn’t bother me tho.

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Shane Silvey
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The trail is in good condition. The views at Snook's is pretty good but not 360 degrees like some hikes are. We continued to the BRP and back down. Snook's Nose is close to the halfway point if you decide to go to the BRP but you could also access this hike right off the BRP if you wanted to do so.

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Monica P
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If you’re looking for a great workout, this trail’s for you. Trail is mostly uphill, the waterfall is barely visible, and the views at the overlook are decent. This is not an enjoyable leisurely hike so be prepared for a workout.

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Tom Bertram
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If you like steep, thick rhododendron trails then this is for you. If you want an enjoyable hike go elsewhere. Great workout with a moderate view but I wouldn’t recommend to anyone on a short visit, their are much better trails nearby.

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Erica Roland
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90 % uphill hike. Extremely difficult but an awesome workout

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Alana Dysart
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Other reviewers were spot on recommending poles. Not a lot of switch backs and some long sections just straight up (and down). We went another mile past the turn-around and it was more moderate after the rock outcrop. Read somewhere that there was a waterfall but what I saw was a stretch to consider a waterfall. We hiked on a clear, dry day. I would not want to do this after a rainfall because of the precarious footing in some places. These 48-year old knees and ankles are feeling it. It was great to soak them in the creek afterwards!

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Mary Macera
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Unless you are an experience hiker and want a challenge, I would not recommend this hike at all! It was incredibly strenuous and a constant incline for 2 miles. The view at the top was pretty but not worth the effort when you can find similar views for less stressful hikes. Going down was the worse! I ended up falling on my way down because it was so steep and there were a ton of tree roots hidden by rocks and leaves.

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samuel hazel
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spent too long previous night drinking in ashville wouldn't recommend doing this hungover. but it was enjoyable and difficult. the top had a beautiful view. steep the entire trek not much flat ground at any point.

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Sam Levi
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Up hill is challenging, but the trail isn’t too rocky. Once you get to the top you can continue farther on the ridge line or turn back. It’s a little hard on your knees coming down but easy to make good time. We hiked 2 days after a light snow had fell. We only met 1 other group of hikers the entire time. Nice views and plenty of spots to relax for a bit. Dog loved it as well.

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andrew harvey
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steep! awesome piney ridge up high with cool gnarled trees, comfy rock outcroppings and 360 views. tough hike.

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Kenneth Yearick
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Challenging trek. Very steep. Views were mostly at the top. Well worth the climb for the workout and views.

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Tony Bell
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Great little hike. Enjoyed this one. Beautiful in the fall when the colors come out. Not alot of views but there are a few so keep an eye out. Nice trail in the area to get in some quick elevation. Be prepared. There are some good, steep sections. Definitely recommend this one if you want to get outdoors, away from the crowds for some quick, strenuous activity.

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Gabe Rossi
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