Slickrock Creek Trail #42
ElevationAscent: 3,654' 1,114 m
Descent: -47' -14 m
High: 4,813' 1,467 m
Low: 1,206' 367 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“One of the toughest trails you'll run, but what incredible rewards!”— Ben King
The trailhead is adjacent to the Cheoah River Bridge on 129. This trailhead is very crowded, especially on days when there are whitewater releases on the Cheoah. Another parking option is across the bridge. At 0.5 miles, the Ike Branch Trail is on the left. The Slickrock Creek Trail follows the contour along the Little Tennessee River to the head of Slickrock Creek where there is a nice overlook around mile 2.
Continue to the second junction with the Ike Branch Trail at mile 3.7, the Stiffknee Trail at mile 4.3, and the Nichols Cove Trail at mile 4.5, with several stream crossings along this section.
From the Nichols Cove Trail junction, the trail continues criss-crossing the creek, past Wildcat Falls a highlight of this section. The crossing above Wildcat Falls should be undertaken with extra caution at high water because of the risk of going over the falls. At mile 7.3, Big Stack Gap Branch Trail - Trail 139 turns off to the right, and Big Fat Trail #41 at mile 8.0. After this point, the trail continues to generally follow the creek, without major stream crossings for the next 2 miles.
At mile 11, the trail turns away from the creek and starts a difficult climb to the Naked Ground Trail junction at mile 13.2.
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Land Manager: USFS - Nantahala National Forest Office