Baskins Creek Trail
New Trail Miles: 2.7
Total Trail miles: 5.4
Date Hiked: August 25, 2013
Today was Hike #1 of my goal to get in at least 20 days of hiking before moving to Atlanta. I chose the Baskins Creek Trail because of the shorter length. I haven’t done much hiking or any exercise for that matter and really just wanted something a little easier. Plus there was the added bonus of their being a waterfall in the middle of the hike. And who wouldn’t want to see a waterfall?
The trail basically starts at the beginning of the Roaring Fork Motor Trail which is a one way road that goes through the forest. The trail ends at about half way through the one way road. To get to the Baskins Creek Trail I parked on the left side of the road right where the one way road starts and walked 2/10 of a mile to where the trail starts. There is a spot for one maybe two cars at the trail head but if there is not then you are forced to drive the one way road.
I didn’t get started hiking until about 11:15. Luckily for an August day it wasn’t too hot already. I have to say that there is nothing spectacular about this trail. And by spectacular I mean mountain top views with grand vistas. Any trail in the Smokies is always amazing to me. I was hoping that I might see a few summer wildflowers but I must have picked the wrong trail for that.
About midway through the hike there is a side trail that takes you to Baskins Creek Falls. It’s a pretty easy side trail until you get close to the falls and then it gets rockier and steeper and I have no doubt really slippery if it’s been raining out. If you go to the falls make sure that you cross to the other side so that you can see the whole thing. I am glad there was someone there to tell me that or I would have missed it.
After a short break and a snack I headed back to finish the trail. At the end of the trail there is a cemetery. You can’t wander through this one like you can other cemteries. There is a sign that says it is closed for restoration. But I think the signs have been up there for a while. I took another short break at the end of the trail and a couple came up and started talking to me. I told them about the waterfall and they were really excited. They didn’t know there was a waterfall on the trail. They in turn gave me some trail magic in the form of a cold tea.
I knew I had to make the 2.7 mile trip back to the car. It really stink sometimes hiking by yourself. You have to do a lot of in and out hikes. It didn’t take long for me to catch up to the couple that gave me the tea and we hiked together the rest of the way to the falls. It was really nice having conversation on the trail. We parted ways and I continued my uphill journey back to my car.
On the way back I decided to do something that I don’t do very often. I pulled off the side of the trail and sat on a rock in the middle of the creek. I took my boots off and let me feet soak in the water. I need to remember to do this more often. I’m a pretty slow hiker so I get fixated on getting to my destination.
If you are only wanting to hike to the falls and don’t care about hiking the entire trail I would suggest driving to the trailhead that is about 1/2 way though the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. It is easier doing this way and there is more parking.