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 bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length13.9 miElevation gain1,971 ftRoute typeLoop
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Kevin Click
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Chris Armenti
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David Garrett
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Craig Bishop
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Hiked to Sassafras Creek Trail, a beautifully shaded hike to a waterfall. 8 miles roundtrip (3 miles exactly to the Sassafras Trail head and 1 mile to the waterfall - so worth it!) We started at the Big Snowbird Trail head and went left/clockwise. When you get to the old van on your right, you have to cross the stream or turn left to use the bridge to cross the stream. The trail head will be on your left. Stopped for lunch by the waterfall and hiked back out the way we hiked in. Highly recommended!

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Brittnie Shepherd
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Muddy, a lot of the cross trails are not listed in this app, consult another map and use Apple Maps for directions to trailhead

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David Gonzalez
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Alys Moore
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HikingGreat!MuddyOver grown

Great hike in early August. As many have said, Apple Maps will get you to the trailhead smoothly. There are 13 nice dispersed/primitive free campsites along the river off the gravel road leading to the trailhead- all with picnic tables, fire rings, and lantern poles (wish we had known this!). Initial outbound segment of the trail is an easy gradual incline. Nice and shady with tall tree canopy and lots of rhododendron for shade, as well. As others have mentioned, you reach a clearing w/ an old bus/van and several campsites, then cross the creek and either go right/CCW toward Big Falls, continuing along trail 64 or L/CW on 65A to Sassafrass Falls. We opted to go R and head to Big Falls. We somehow missed the pull off to the falls and didn't really see much of them. Oops! Between Big Falls and Middle Falls are the majority of the many creek crossings (along trail 64). We brought hiking sandals to wear during this segment after reading other reviews. Otherwise, you'll have to trudge through knee-high water in your boots or take them on/off about 8 times. This segment of the trail is definitely more overgrown and less pleasant than the rest of the route. As others have said, keep your eyes peeled for the small pink ribbons serving as trail markers at creek crossings. Generally, though, the trail continuations are pretty intuitive at the crossings. Middle Falls were the highlight of the hike for us-- we took a break here to swim and snack and then dry out a little. There is one more major creek crossing after these falls-- once you clear this, you can put your boots back on! We skipped the spur up to Upper Falls and turned on 65A toward Sassafrass falls. Here, there's a steeper incline away from the creek and up along the ridge. This area of the trail was well manicured and more physically demanding but less mentally demanding (creek crossings take a certain kind of energy). Sassafrass falls are also pretty neat, but it began to rain when we arrived, so we opted not to swim or explore for long. Overall, we were out for 5.5hrs which included probably about 4.5hours of active hiking and somewhere around 10-11 miles travelled, best we could tell. We really enjoyed this hike!

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Bo Potter
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Great trail. Between easy and moderate due to the recent rains. Muddy and rocky. About 2.5 miles from the trailhead to the side trail leading up to the falls. (small sign). Half mile to the falls from the sign but definitely worth it. A little difficult from the side trail down to the falls. About 4 miles to Big Falls from the trail head. You pass a cool camping area with an old van frame. Cross over the wooden bridge and go right to Big Falls. Once at Big Falls there is a nice bridge for pics and another camping area. We were not able to get down to the falls on the side trail. It was too steep and wet. Continue this trail for the 13 mile loop. We returned to the trailhead from Big Falls. 6 hours overall for us. Met some great people along the trail. A good day.

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Paul Freer
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It was great for almost the entire trip we only had issues finding 65A across the river. There was lots of diverse sights to see.

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Daniel Krop
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Trailhead is at the end of Big Snowbird Road, the last 5 miles of which are very well graded gravel. As gravel roads go, this was in good shape and easily traveled without AWD. Google Maps does not recognize the gravel section of the road, so it will incorrectly route you via Little Snowbird Road, which gets you close but WRONG! Google Maps does indicate the correct location of Snowbird Trailhead for reference, but as mentioned by others, use Apple Maps which DOES correctly identify the Big Snowbird gravel extension. We started the hike going clockwise, taking the well marked path to Sassafras Falls. It’s a beautiful lunch spot, and you’d probably be best turning back at this point. We didn’t. We continued on the trail to Burnt Rock Ridge. As you’d expect from a ridge trail, there’s quite a steep climb involved. Once atop, the trail followed the ridge for a while before dropping down towards middle falls. Just before 6 miles, as the trail extends north west, we were able to ford the river and pick up the trail on the other side, shortcutting about 1.5 miles. We then forded the river another 8 times on the return portion of the loop. Many of the crossings were poorly marked and real head scratchers. Look for small remnants of pink plastic trail ribbons on opposite sides of the creek as the trail suddenly ends at the creek bank, over and over. We were ultimately successful, with a total distance of around 12 miles. It helped to download the map to my Garmin watch or otherwise have a GPS device. I recommend someone bringing new trail tape and remarking the creek crossings before they are completely lost.

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Jeff Powrie
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This was a fantastic all day hike. First use APPLE MAPS as it brings you to the trailhead. Google maps goes many miles out of the way and to the wrong destination. Once on the trail the first section up to big falls is a long gradual incline with some muddy sections. It is pretty with the Rhododendrons blooming everyday (in July). We did scramble down to big falls. It was ok. Then we took trail 64 to middle falls. Trail 64 fords the river 9 times (others said 11 but we only crossed 9 times!). You will get wet. A few of the crossings we were wet above our knees. The trail was slightly overgrown at places but it was easy to follow. Middle falls is amazing. A huge pool and impressive waterfall. We then took 65a and it is a beautiful climb up to nearly 4000 ft. It had a steep decent and it brought us to sassafras falls. There were two signs to the falls. The first we came to brought us to the top of the falls. Viewing there wasn't great but we went a little further on the main trail and saw a second sign to the bottom of the falls. That was much nicer. The rest of the loop was pretty reaonable hiking. The star of the day was middle falls and it was a ton of fun the ford the stream so many times.

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Tracey O
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Great hike!!!! Google Maps still has the incorrect directions. Use Apple Maps. The trail starts off of Big Snowbird Road. Although we did not take advantage of them, there are some nice hike in campsites along the river!!!!

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Eddie Ellis
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I hiked the snowbird trail, today. and then made the loop, on burnt rock, ridge to, sassafras falls. the burnt rock trail, is overgrown, with brairs, and is hard to follow, I don't recommend, the burnt rock, loop, for in experienced hikers. the rest of the trail was, in good shape, with beautiful waterfalls. this trail is a little on the hard, side. I really like this trail.

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John Goodwin
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Hiked to Sassafras Falls. Trail in great shape. Easy hike. Beautiful waterfall. Combines parts of trails #64 & 65. Will be one I do again.

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Eddie Ellis
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I hiked the snowbird trail, to sassafras falls. the trail, is in great shape. someone, cleaned, up all the trash. a we'll mantained, trail. 8 miles in and out.

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Dan Ward
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Awesome trail! Remote beautiful location at the end of Big Snowbird Rd. First 2.7 miles slight uphill to river crossing. Don’t cross river here. At abandoned panel wagon go left 100 ft. to foot bridge. Continue another .4 miles to start of loop trail. We took the switchback going clockwise entering loop. Another mile to Sassafras Falls. Bottom of falls has a great view. Top of falls a bit dangerous and hard to get a good view. Headed back from there as this is an 8 mile in/out at this point. We saw 1 fisherman, nobody else. 1st Saturday of Coronavirus Pandemic; where is everybody? Beautiful sunny 62 degree day. A little muddy but what river trail isn’t after above normal precipitation. Nothing you can’t maneuver around. Trail has been cleared, evidence of storm recently. Very clean, no trash.

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Bridgette Dunn
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Did this hike in winter. Did not do upper Snowbird yet, but is next on my list. I plan on walking down from Cherohala. I did Sasafrass falls and back (to junction) and it was amazing. Whole area was clean and beautiful. Drive to parking area is beautiful, trail was clean and well maintained. Did not see anyone else on the trail, which is wonderful.

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Conscious Mechanism
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When I see reviews of people complaining about the trash or not well maintained I wonder. Do they bring bags to clean up as they go? Do they help maintain the trail? Perhaps, even if just some trash pick by as many people that truly respect that the trail has been there for likely thousands of years and that it wasnt accessed using Apple maps or whatnot would find it in them to bring along 2-3 bags to "help maintain" the beauty that certainly wasnt tarnished before the privileged swooped in.

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Zaid Allam
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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.

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Andy Roark
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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!

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Ben Austin
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Darren Duckworth
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jeff adamek
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Daniel Marlow
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Matt O'Rourke
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