Snowball Trail

MODERATE 64 reviews
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Snowball Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Weaverville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,994 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

Overall, great hike! I would say superior to craggy gardens because it is a bit more challenging, longer, less trafficked, and has some excellent moments of exposed rock. Follows the ridge line with a continuous rise and fall of elevation. Trail is well marked with yellow indicators. I am confused why some reviews say it “goes nowhere”. Maybe they didn’t hike far enough?

hiking
2 months ago

Short hike (1.5 hrs round trip to the rock and back) with gorgeous views from Hawkbill Rock, and far fewer hikers than on nearby trails. Can't believe I've lived in Asheville for 12 years and just did this hike for the first time!

hiking
4 months ago

Hawkbill rock is a treat that should not be overlooked.

hiking
4 months ago

The overlook at Hawksbill Rock is about 1.5miles down - you might as well turn around here. Not sure why the map here stops where it does - literally in the middle of the trail towards the Snowball fire tower, which is another 1.5 miles past where the Alltrails map ends. After a steep uphill most of the rest of the trail is downhill - good workout, but not much to see.

hiking
4 months ago

Too many Horseflies and Hornets in the summer. Great hike for the fall and winter months! Excellent exercise!

hiking
8 months ago

It’s a good workout for sure. Beautiful trail to go on in May. You get to see some views and enjoy the beautiful flowers!

hiking
8 months ago

This is a hike I would consider more then moderate, with a steep starting incline and many rocks and roots to navigate. The decline is just as steep and in the end it proved to be to harsh on the knees of some of my party so we had to turn back. We did, however, find t a beautiful and enjoyable hike and had be been better prepared would have gladly gone up and back.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail leads to nowhere, it was very steep uphill battle of very soupy wet trails, to just end up going right back down the mountainside. No good views or special features in my opinion. Craggy gardens trail is straight across from this entrance and i would recommend that trail over this one any day.

10 months ago

The trail is about 40 minutes from Asheville. There is another trail head near the same parking lot. Snowball is to your left when you arrive. When the trail comes to a fork about 100 yards in, take a right. A good amount of up and down throughout the hike. Right before the lookout point you have to do some rock scrambling. The view from the top was nice. It had rained the day before so a few spots were a little muddy but not bad.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Challenging trail but some pretty views.

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nice Trail, well kept with some wonderful views at the end. Couple nice rock scrambles that were not hard but fun.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

A lot of up and down on this trail. you lose the trail about 3 miles in because it goes up a rock face with no markers. At the top, go to the left over the rock to Hawkbill Rock. It's the highlight of the trail.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This is a nice little trail. Not well-known - I asked around. It's a great workout and took only about an hour and 15 minutes. I only climbed to the second summit then returned. Nice views. No water. Not too rocky but steep in some spots and could be slippery after a rain. I hiked with my dog and we were the only ones on the trail and in the parking area.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The view from Hawkshill is gorgeous however the trail here continues down the mountain another .5 miles or so to absolutely nothing but forest and it terminates in the middle of the trail. I had service so I could see I was on the proper trail. I imagine at some point way away it may summit again but not according to this trail. 4 stars for annoy to miss view but 1 star or less for the navigation.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Great day hike with nice views

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beautiful and fun trail! We hiked to the first summit, then down a little further and came back. Great workout, beautiful flowers and views through the clearings. Park at the circular patch of grass right before the access road to Craggy Gardens picnic area. The trail goes up on the left, with the access road on your right. You will quickly reach a fork in the path and you will keep right for Snowball. Would recommend and we will definitely hike it again!!

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Very challenging, but super fun trail. Lots of different parts. Some of the views are spectacular.

hiking
Tuesday, October 27, 2015

the trees block all the views from the location of the old fire tower however it was a very demanding and rewarding hike.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Great views from hawksbill. A solid hike. Demanding but worth it.

hiking
Thursday, April 02, 2015

This is a nice hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway with excellent views from rock outcrops. The trail is very steep in spots so proper footware and hiking poles are recommended.

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