Caudill Cabin via Basin Creek Trail and Grassy Gap Fire Road

2 reviews #134 hike out of 231 in
9.2 mi
5 hrs 9 min
1,352 ft
Elev Gain


This is a moderate out and back trail to Caudill Cabin near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The trail branch off of the fire road and quickly becomes primitive with little blazing. It's fairly easy to follow, but there are a total of 34 creek crossings that can be intense after rains, during snow melt, etc. The trail is only blazed at the creek crossings and they're not always easy to locate. Mapping seems to show the trail not always crossing the creeks and can be confusing to some.

Getting Started

Park at the lot on Longbottom Road. It's an easy start up the firewood to the Basin Creek Trail. This makes for a nice day hike.

Or, park along the Blue Ride Parkway and hike down Blue Ridge Primitive Trail. It'll deadend at the Basic Creek Trail. This will make for a very long and difficult day hike.

Taking Children

This is a tough hike in general. Hike at your own risk and make wise decisions based on the capabilities of yourself and your child.

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Public Tracks

jhinkle0628 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Doughton Basin Creek Trail
Left out of Galax on the way home. Only 15 more minutes than Stone Mountain. Sun and 80 but early start I was in shade most of the hike. First 2 miles slight grade and like 1 lane dirt road to camping area. Next 3 miles single track with last 2 miles having many creek crossings that are sketchy and likely risky if it had not been dry. Anne could do but would not enjoy. Trail gets more rocky and roots further up you go. A top creek hike.
weezie60 2 years, 7 months ago
Track (6/21/20, 8:11:15AM)
Basin Creek Trail to Caudill Cabin. Great hike! 16 creeks to wade through.
Anonymous User 2 years, 5 months ago
asmahfuz 2 years, 6 months ago
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kohee 2 years, 11 months ago