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trail locations for Waynesville, North Carolina

Quiet. Beautiful woods. Wear waterproof shoes, several bridges are down.

Easy hike. Heavily traveled by many going to swim in the Midnight Hole. Nice walk in the woods but not anything really interesting to see other than the falls

20 days ago

This trail is not dog friendly- their is a sign at the trailhead showing that dogs are not allowed. I spoke with a park volunteer who said that dogs are not allowed on any of the trails within this park.

Good trail great for all ages. I would recommend stopping at the waterfall

We did not have enough time to make it up to the falls, but stopped and ate lunch at the jumping/ sliding rock there. Beautiful walk following the river

My kids first time on this trail and they loved it! swimming was cold and good way to cool off.

beautiful walk around the lake. all open and all paved. good for the family.

Tough climb. Absolutely worth it! Tons of blackberries to eat!! Great drive up too! Hemphill road was gorgeous.

It was hard but worth it!! Loved the view

Love this trail! I have hiked it several times. Be sure to take your swimsuite and stop in at the Midnight Hole.

Beautiful hike through lush rhododendron forests and misty pine forests. Very lightly traveled and even overgrown in some parts. One of my favorites.

Great ridge line hike. From the road into Cataloochee you can walk as short or far as you like. Defiantly a medium level, not difficult hike. Last October we were rewarded with a family of bear 3, all on the same tree.

Outstanding Great view from top. Hike up was not too bad but added some challenge. Highly recommend

2 months ago

We did the 1.3 mile climb to the spruce mountain campsite #42. It was reached by baslam mountain road which in itself is very remote. The hike is a continuous climb and I think as far as backpacking it is strenuous. This Trail is in my opinion extremely well diverse in the plant life and at the top elevation of 5440 ft very moist. There seemed to be no signs of any available water near as the bear branch had nothing to offer and is very near non existent. We tried to locate a lost and forgotten Trail that I saw on my topo that supposedly leads to a tower. We never made it due to the sunset and it was very difficult as its an abandoned trail. Trees down and in a year or so more no trace of a Trail at all. Very curious though. If you want a very secluded trail to be alone this is it. I loved it. It's so difficult to find solitude. Just carry water.

Great family hike with a huge pay off at the top!