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Western North Carolina Trail Guide – Grandfather Ranger District by Pisgah Map Company LLC

Hike Stats

Opt 1 = 3.8 m, 1875 ft   S 

3638 ft max elevation

Opt 2 = 7.9 m, 3200 ft   S 

4720 ft max elevation

Seasonal Accessibility

This area is closed from January 1 to April 1

Trailhead Coordinates

N35 41 21.66 W82 11 51.18 (DMS)
N35 41.361 W82 11.853 (DM)

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View – the trail ascends a ridge to Snook’s Nose which provides a panoramic view of the ridges to the east and the west. The hike terminates at the Green Knob Overlook on the BRP. This overlook has long range views into the ridges and valleys near Old Fort.

Hike Profile – the hike follows the Snook’s Nose trail from the trailhead at the Curtis Creek Campground to the Green Knob Overlook on the BRP. There is an option to end the hike at the Snook’s Nose view spot which effectively cuts the hike in half. The 2 mile initial climb to Snook’s Nose is quite steep and strenuous so most of the climbing will occur in those first 2 miles.

The trail from the Snook’s Nose view spot to the BRP is a moderate ascent until the last ridge climb to the overlook.

Trail Surface – mostly dirt, which on the steep sections can be difficult when wet or when covered with fresh leaves.

Environment – a hardwood canopy at the lower end of the trail and thick rhododendron and mountain laurel higher on the ridge.

Navigation – the trail starts out on an old logging road until the road crosses over a ridge about 0.8 miles from the trailhead. The road goes through a flat area shortly after the trailhead and then swings up and right. Make sure that you keep to the right if it looks like the road forks.

At the top of the ridge, the road continues over to the other side but the Snook’s Nose trail branches off to the right at this spot. The trail from that point is easy to follow all the way to the BRP.

Directions to Trailhead – from the town of Old Fort, head east on US 70 for about 2 mi. then turn left on Curtis Creek Road and drive 5.8 mi. to the Curtis Creek Campground. The trailhead is on the left across the road from the campground and is marked by a FS wand.

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