Forney Creek Trail is a 23.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Directions from Cherokee, NC: Travel to the end of Clingman's Dome Road off US 441, north of Cherokee.
It was awesome. My son and I hiked a total of 60 miles in 5 days. Forney Creek Trail was our last leg. It was brutal; loved it.
Went in April the creek was flowing strong and wide made for some challenging crossings. Camped at 70. Very scenic trail incredible experience. Started at Clingmans.
A nice hike with unexpected waterfalls.
Starting from Clingman's Dome it's a great summer hike. the elevation and shaded path is a nice break from the heat of the lower regions. When you step off Forney ridge trail the start of the Forney creek trail is rough. Rocks in the steep trail add difficulty but it's worth the effort. About 3 miles down the trail you reach camp site #68 (steel trap is the name of the site) you will find the cascades and several nice falls. In addition are the interesting remains of the logging days that once wrecked the forest. The forest has long since grown back. As a result of the difficulty of the trail it is not as worn as more accessible trails. A bonus is the great fly fishing the creek offers. Camping at #68, #69 and 70 is a real back county camping and fishing opportunity.