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.