Snowball Trail

Dillingham, North Carolina

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During spring and summer, you are more likely to find a giant white pine, a sudden and stunning mountain view, or a burst of colorful wildflowers than you are to find a snowball on this hike. But at this high elevation, in late fall or winter, balls of snow are very possible. The trail also makes a good hike in the colder months when all the thick leaves have fallen and mountain views appear as you walk across the ridgeline. However, the Blue Ridge Parkway is often closed to vehicle traffic during winter, so this trail is usually not accessible then.
Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

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Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina

by Karen Chavez (The Mountaineers Books)

During spring and summer, you are more likely to find a giant white pine, a sudden and stunning mountain view, or a burst of colorful wildflowers than you are to find a snowball on this hike. But at this high elevation, in late fall or winter, balls of snow are very possible.

The trail also makes a good hike in the colder months when all the thick leaves have fallen and mountain views appear as you walk across the ridgeline. However, the Blue Ridge Parkway is often closed to vehicle traffic during winter, so this trail is usually not accessible then.

© 2007 Karen Chavez/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dillingham
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Late spring, summer, and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,900 feet
Top Elevation: 5,330 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Blue Ridge Parkway headquarters
Local Maps: USGS Craggy Pinnacle
Driving Directions: Directions to Snowball Trail

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