About and How to Visit:
The public Snowball Mountain Trail branches off of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail near the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area at milemarker 364.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The trail is an out-and-back, moderately strenuous with a good bit of elevation gain. You can turn it into an all-day-event by hiking the full length of the trail, or take a hike out out to enjoy gorgeous views from Hawkbill Rock and then turn back (this is one of our favorite hikes).
SAHC’s involvement in conservation:
In 2012, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy purchased 90 acres on Snowball Mountain in Buncombe County, permanently preserving scenic views for recreational visitors, clean water sources for area residents, and habitat for native species. Nestled in the beautiful Craggy Mountains, this tract is highly visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway and national forest land, and it adjoins the publicly accessible Snowball Mountain Trail and Camp Sequoyah Trail.
SAHC’s Snowball Mountain tract joins a significant swath of state and federal protected land, contributing another piece to a vast network of over 125,000 acres of contiguous protected forestlands. The trail overlooks national forest land and the Woodfin Watershed, which SAHC protects with a conservation easement.