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Basin Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.2 mile 5.1 kilometer point to point
85% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,240' 378 m
Descent: -38' -11 m
High: 2,767' 843 m
Low: 1,565' 477 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

A beautiful trail that follows the crystal waters of Basin Creek.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

This is a good even trail with a couple of tricky creek crossings.

Description

To access the trail, run up Grassy Gap Fire Road a little over a mile and a half. Watch for a well-marked trail heading up and right. The trail immediately heads up through thick forest on what seems to be an old road. After a quick rise, the trail evens out and travels alongside the crystal waters of the creek.

Crossing the creek a few times, you see the remnants of old homesteads along the way. After a little over a mile, the trail diverts up and left of the creek to avoid the long drop to Lower Falls. To visit the falls, bushwhack up the right side of the creek.

Once above the falls, you follow the gentle rise of the creek again, making multiple rock-hops across the water. After passing several chimneys, you eventually come to Middle Falls, which is pretty but much more petite than Lower Falls.

From here the trail heads uphill more precipitously and becomes true singletrack, finally arriving at the Caudill Homestead.

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Land Manager: NPS - Blue Ridge Parkway

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A hand-chiseled millstone lies abandoned in the creek
Apr 18, 2018 near Sparta, NC
Crystal waters on Basin Creek
Apr 15, 2018 near Sparta, NC
The Middle Falls drops into a welcoming pool
Apr 18, 2018 near Sparta, NC
The only remnant of an old homestead
Apr 15, 2018 near Sparta, NC
The Caudill Homestead
Apr 15, 2018 near Sparta, NC

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