Snowbird Creek Waterfalls

MODERATE 4 reviews
#65 of 88 trails in

Snowbird Creek Waterfalls is a 13.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Robbinsville, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
13.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,971 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

hiking
29 days ago

IMPORTANT: to find the trail you must use apple maps. At the time of writing this, if you use google maps, it takes you to the complete wrong place.
The trail head starts at a dead end right next to a campsite that you can drive up to and is clearly labeled with a sign.
Don’t make the same mistake we did in finding it.

Now that that’s out of the way, why three stars?
The scenery is awesome. There are some cool land marks and the falls are definitely worth a recommendation. The trail is not too hard but also not a breeze either.
The problem with this trail:
It is not maintained well, and is NOT clearly marked.
There is trash all over the campsites and it really detracts from the beauty.
Add to this that the trail is extremely confusing at about the half way mark, and you end up with a subpar experience. My friend and I had to turn back simply because we couldn’t figure out how to finish the trail. There were around 6 different offshoots and each had offshoots of its own.
The result is absolute confusion.

Do this trail, but beware of trash and confusing trail forks. Do your research well and understand how to traverse it properly. BRING A MAP.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is heartbreaking. Here’s why:
The trail is gorgeous. The waterfalls are beautiful, and you’re almost always next to a river.

The things that kill it are (1) this trail desperately needs to be remarked. There are unofficial trails and camping spots everywhere. Also, there are tons of stream crossings so you spend a lot of time asking “Is this the trail or is that? Do we cross the stream? Can you see the trail on the other side? I wish there were signs or blazes.” (2) the upper trail along the ridge is not maintained and was overgrown with blackberry briars so we ended up seriously concerned we had lost the trail and the briars tore us up pretty well. (3) Finally, the trail is dirty. There is trash and equipment abandoned in a lot of the camp spots. Traps tied up in trees, beat up cooking equipment, broken folding chairs, cooking supplies and your standard trash.

I think this place could be great. It needs some love for sure. If you decide to do it, I would skip the ridge trail, take a GOOD map (topography), compass, plenty of supplies in case you get lost or have to backtrack, and stream crossing shoes. The waterfalls really are amazing!

1 month ago

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016