Special Places

Snowbird Creek and Hooper Bald

This roadless area encompasses the entire upper watershed of the Snowbird Creek, including major tributaries Sassafras Branch and Meadow Branch. The Snowbird Creek watershed is well-known for its trout fishing. Above High Falls the creek supports a reproducing population of native brook trout. The U.S. Forest Service has recommended Snowbird Creek for National Wild and Scenic River designation. Some large American chestnut trees remain near Hooper Bald, one of the largest balds in the Southeast. Popular trails follow Snowbird Creek and Sassafras Branch to Sassafras Falls, and many of the stunning views from the Cherohala Skyway encompass the Snowbird Creek watershed. Adjacent to Snowbird, the Valley River Trail traverses the Ash Cove ridgeline for 20 miles, passing near 4,700-foot Teyahalee Bald and connecting to Snowbird.

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Popular activites on Snowbird Creek and Hooper Bald

paddling

Paddling

hiking

Hiking

running

Running

swimming

Swimming

backpacking

backpacking

equestrian

Equestrian

old growth

Old-Growth

rare species

Rare Species

fishing

Fishing

scenic views

Scenic Views