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Snowbird Creek Trail #64 - Lower Section

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (3)

From FS Road 75, the trail follows Big Snowbird Creek past Big Falls to a footbridge at the Snowbird Alternate Trail.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

3,399' 1,036 m

High

2,714' 827 m

Low

713' 217 m

Up

27' 8 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Description

This is the first (lower) section of Snowbird Creek Trail. It follows Big Snowbird Creek on the left bank (hiking upstream) without crossing the creek.

Near the end of this section, you'll come to Big Falls with an upper and lower falls. A steep trail (usually marked with surveyors tape) drops 40 feet to the stream, providing access to these falls. Sassafras Creek Trail #65, which joins Snowbird Creek Trail, provides access to nearby Sassafras Falls.

After crossing a footbridge at the end of this section of Snowbird Trail, there are trail signs which provide directions to continue upstream on Snowbird Creek Trail. This next section of Snowbird Creek Trail requires repeated stream crossings or using the Middle Falls Trail (Snowbird Alternate Trail 64A) without the crossings. The alternate trail ascends steeply. Either route will lead to beautiful Middle Falls.

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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Footbridge over Big Snowbird Creek. Cross creek here to campsite with junction to Snowbird Alternate trail (64A).
Nov 2, 2017 near Andrews, NC
Big Falls on Snowbird Creek
Nov 2, 2017 near Andrews, NC
Campsite on Snowbird Creek Trail near Sassafras Creek.
Nov 2, 2017 near Andrews, NC

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Jul 15, 2020
Jeff Powrie
This was a gradual uphill to big falls. The rhododendron were pretty but this was a long hike to get to the fun sections of the trail.
Mar 19, 2020
Lily Peck
Beautiful scenery and rewarding views at the top! Enjoyed following along the river and getting to see several rapids and waterfalls! — 3h 35m