Silers Bald and Forney Creek Loop Trail

HARD 5 reviews

Silers Bald and Forney Creek Loop Trail is a 18.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cherokee, NC that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

18.6 miles 5216 feet Loop





nature trips

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers



washed out

no dogs

Views from the AT and cascades highlight this backpack trip Your hike will begin on the Forney Ridge Trail but after 0.1 mi take Clingmans Bypass Trail to the right. This trail will intersect with the AT in 0.5 mi then turn left on AT. From Mt Buckley you will descend over 1000' but have your camera ready for there are many fine views over the next 3.8 mi. Turn left on Welch Ridge Trail. This will provide easy ridge walking and keep an eye to your left in the blueberry patches and you might be lucky enough to see a few bears enjoying this flat grassy area. Just pass the Hazel Creek Trail is Jonas Creek Trail to the left. From here you descend over 2000' and before reaching Campsite #70 (home for the night) you may have a few creek crossing to rock hop. Day 2 will be a test as you gain over 4000' in the next 8.5 mi from Forney Creek Trail to Forney Ridge Trail. It is very scenic with streams and cascades so take your time and enjoy. When you finally intersect with the Forney Ridge Trail turn right for the last climb out.

4 days ago

fun over all and amazing views to be seen

5 days ago

truly beyond experience/expert level. even as an experienced hiker this will test your endurance.

5 months ago

Breathtaking scenery! I higky recommend getting some experience before hiking this and plan for rest time the next day. The steep trails and rocky terrain made it rough, but so worth it when you get to the bottom. We stayed at 68A and the water slide is awesome. The water was freezing even in July! If you can get there early enough, there is a good spot to set up right on the water that gives you a little more privacy. Worth the sore muscles in every way!!!!

7 months ago

One of my favorite trails in Appalachian country. Started by going up to Clingman's Dome then took a portion of the AT until you hit a couple trails leading to this one. Absolutely stunning scenery wise, incredible workout as well. Did two nights backpacking in here. Didn't complete the entire loop, but did plenty of exploring on and off trail. Wildlife was incredible but sparse, sitting in a canopy of trees for two days was so rewarding with the steep inclines and declines. Highly recommended, though this is not an easy trail by any means. Be prepared when hiking or backpacking here.

4 years ago

This is an extremely beautiful trail that plunges you right into the virgin steep terrain of the GSMNP. This is a very difficult trail even for experienced hikers. Please take caution attempting this trail. There are very steep grades and if you lost your footing on a lot of parts, you could have a steep and fatal fall.