Kanati Fork Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.
2000+ foot climb if hiking from US Hwy 441 up to Thomas Divide.
Covered in wildflowers in April!
Did the trail point to point. Challenging ascent, buggy but really nice. Great wildflowers even in July. Parts of the trail were very narrow and unstable. Several substantial logs across the trail.
There is no view or vista at the top, but the workout was challenging and pleasant. 2 hours up, 1.5 down.
Did this last fall and it was very slippery with a lot of side hills. Could use some work on some of the side ridges. Overall good hike and I did it down from Thomas it would have been better hiking up!
I knocked out the Kanati Fork Trail in conjunction with 1.8 miles of the Thomas Divide Trail. Kanati isn't traveled very often, and it was apparent. But, it was a pleasant trip (we hiked down from Thomas Divide rather than up).