MP 367.6, Snowball Mountain Trail

The Snowball Mountain Trail is a moderate to strenuous 8-mile round trip and affords beautiful views. Beware of poison ivy and stinging nettle bordering narrow portions of the trail. To reach the trailhead, begin at the Mountains-to-Sea Trail crossing at the Craggy Gardens picnic area road and continue south a few hundred feet. The Snowball Trail turns to the right (NW) off of the MTS Trail, passes through a mixed-hardwood forest and follows the ridges with views to both sides. Some heath areas are encountered as the trail continues up the main ridge over Snowball Mountain. From the second rock face, and 30 paces on a spur trail to the left, Hawkbill Rock provides good views of Reems Creek Valley to the west. After joining a rugged road and reaching a turn-around area, keep to the left-most road and continue to Little Snowball Mountain and remnants of a fire tower.

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