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Directions: Slickrock Creek Trail
is located about 15 miles north of Robbinsville on U.S. 129
North. As you travel north on U.S. 129 you will be driving
above Santeetlah Lake. Then the road turns down hill and
parallels the Cheoah River. Within a half mile of crossing
the Cheoah River at the Tapoco area, you will arrive at the
south side of the Cheoah Dam. Turn left off of the highway
onto a dirt service road before crossing the bridge below the dam. This is the
trailhead and their is limited parking just after turning
off the highway.
- Trailhead: The trailhead is an old dirt
road located next to the parking area, designated
by a wooden trail sign.
- Distance: This is one of the longest
trails that goes through the Slickrock Wilderness
Area. It is 13.5 mile with numerous trail
junctions that allow a variety of loop hikes or
planned point-to-point walks.
- Difficulty: It is rated as a moderate to
strenuous hiking trail with 10 stream crossings.
These crossing can be difficult and slippery
depending on the rainfall. Use good judgment if
the creek is swollen from recent rain. The first
7 to 8 miles are moderate. The last 5½ miles are
strenuous to very strenuous climbs.
- Use Guide: The Slickrock Creek Trail is
highly recommended for novices or experienced
hikers who are in good condition. It would be a
challenge for smaller children. With a group at a
casual pace, allow 6 hours for the round trip to
the Lower Falls. For the more aggressive hiker,
3½-4 hours should be sufficient time. Bring
water and protective clothing if your trip is
going to be more than a few hours.
- Description: At the trail head an
information sign is posted. The trail is well
used, particularly in the summer months. As you
ascend to the trail you will cross the creek
several times. These are moderate to easy
crossings if there has not been too much recent
rain (EXERCISE CAUTION:
Slickrock Creek came by its name honestly. The
rocks in and around the creek are very slippery).
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This page is maintained by Tom Livingston, Robbinsville, North Carolina