Flat Creek Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Flat Creek Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

5.2 miles 919 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

no dogs

Directions from Blue Ridge Parkway, NC: From Milepost 458, travel north on Balsam Mountain Road about 4 miles to the trailhead. Balsam Mountain Road is routinely closed during the winter months.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Beautiful hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Hard to believe but on a beautiful Sunday early August afternoon, my wife and I were the only ones on this trail today. This out and back 5.2 mile round trip runs down to a creek and crosses several times. The trail is very clearly marked across mostly clear path, roots and stones. The trail has a few steep runs but would definitely consider it moderate. Very limited wildlife, at least for today. We loved the far side just before the picnic area where there is a long view overlook. Definitely would hike it again.

hiking
4 months ago

We just hiked this trail today for the first time. We started at the lower entrance. It was uphill for most of the trip. It was nice with all the water crossings. A good part of the trail followed the little creek. We spent sometime at the picnic area at the top. Refilled out water then back down to our car.

5 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

We just hiked this trail mid Sept and it was Beautiful. We started at Balsam Mountain Campground, taking the 0.5 mile "Nature Trail" which then connects to Flat Creek Trail neat the overlook (which is Great for watching Sunsets). It is an easy trail, mostly downhill if you start at the top, near the Picnic area. It was about 3 miles total one way by starting at the campground, and would make a great 6 mile out and back, but would be mostly uphill on the way back unless you start at the lower end of the trailhead. It crosses several small streams and is shaded in Sept. Would highly recommend this trail! (I believe this is the same as the "Flat Creek Falls" Trail, so see comments there also).

hiking
1 year ago

We just hiked this trail mid Sept and it was Beautiful. We started at Balsam Mountain Campground, taking the 0.5 mile "Nature Trail" which then connects to Flat Creek Trail neat the overlook (which is Great for watching Sunsets). It is an easy trail, mostly downhill if you start at the top, near the Picnic area. It was about 3 miles total one way by starting at the campground, and would make a great 6 mile out and back, but would be mostly uphill on the way back unless you start at the lower end of the trailhead. It crosses several small streams and is shaded in Sept. Would highly recommend this trail!

hiking
3 years ago

attempted to get to this trail, but as we were three miles from the trailhead, the road was closed. Still hoping to do it In the future.

hiking
4 years ago

A great hike. Very peaceful location, unique upper meadows with "fly poison" in bloom made this especially enjoyable (late June). When I completed the hike (it's actually 5.2 miles in and out) I was physically drained, but this was due to (1) it being a very hot day (in the lowlands the temps were 100+), and (2) I'm four months out from a total knee replacement. For the average hiker, this would not be terribly challenging, but quite rewarding.