Best Trails near Waynesville, North Carolina

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on Mouse Creek Falls via Big...
19 days ago

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

on Mouse Creek Falls via Big...
19 days ago

hiking

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

on Lake Junaluska Trail
20 days ago

walking

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

on Great Smoky Mountains Nat...
25 days ago

hiking

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

on Great Smoky Mountains Nat...
1 month ago

hiking

It was hard but worth it!! Loved the view

on Mouse Creek Falls via Big...
1 month ago

hiking

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

on Fork Mountain Loop Trail
1 month ago

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

on Cataloochee Divide Trail
1 month ago

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.

on Great Smoky Mountains Nat...
1 month ago

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

on Spruce Mountain Loop Trai...
1 month ago

backpacking

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.

on Great Smoky Mountains Nat...
1 month ago

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

on Cataloochee Divide Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Had a 8 mile hike with only a couple of mountain scenery views. Saw a total of 9 hikers during our hike. Would agree it is an easy to moderate trail. Had a blast with my loving girlfriend. No snakes or animals seen during our adventure.

on Mouse Creek Falls via Big...
2 months ago

It was pretty easy, but we never really knew where the destinations were because there weren't any signs. There were lots of people coming to and from the swimming hole so we found a swimming spot off the trail that we had to ourselves. It was still beautiful and fun

on Mouse Creek Falls via Big...
2 months ago

hiking

This was such a lovely hike! Restroom facilities at the trail head were very clean. I was looking for a trail where I could gain some miles, but nothing too strenuous, and I got exactly what I was looking for. The sounds of Big Creek follow you the entire way, and there are many areas off to the side of the trail where you can get down close, or into, the rushing water. Midnight Hole is not marked, but it's approximately 1.8 miles into your hike. I went as far as the foot bridge that crossed the creek, making it very close to a 5 mile round trip. Between the off shoots from the trail to get really close to the creek, or at Mouse Falls, there are many nice places to sit on a large boulder and have a snack and relax yourself to the sounds of nature. The incline/elevation gain is so gradual, you don't feel like you've kicked your own a$$, in order to have meaningful hike. It's a great trail for families/kids too...it wouldn't be to hard for the little ones to keep up with the pace. This trail has many rocks, several ankle twisters, so be careful and I'd suggest using trekking poles, if you have them.

on Lake Junaluska Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Beautiful trail around a 200 acre lake that is great all year round. You can also walk the longer loop that is almost 4 miles.

on Great Smoky Mountains Nat...
3 months ago

We hiked the Ferguson cabin trail, it was an easy hike. All the plants were beautiful and the hike was secluded, even though there were cars in the parking lot at the research site where we started. I definitely recommend.