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Best trails in Cherokee National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Cherokee National Forest, North Carolina? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Cherokee National Forest ranging from 1.6 to 13.6 miles and from 1,673 to 6,213 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Blue Hole Falls
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 18 m
Blue Hole Falls is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elizabethton, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, Show more
#2 - Appalachian Trail: 19E to Hump Mountain
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 52 m
Appalachian Trail: 19E to Hump Mountain is a 10 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trShow more
#3 - Gentry Creek Falls
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
Gentry Creek Falls is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Laurel Bloomery, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#4 - Martin’s Creek Falls
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Martin’s Creek Falls is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Erwin, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, runningShow more
#5 - Appalachian Trail: Sam’s Gap to Big Bald
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 13.6 mi • Est. 7 h 40 m
Appalachian Trail: Sam’s Gap to Big Bald is a 13.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mars Hill, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. TShow more
#6 - Backbone Falls Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 13 m
Backbone Falls Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Shady Valley, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activiShow more
#7 - Nolichucky Ridge Cliff via Appalachian Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 1 h
Nolichucky Ridge Cliff via Appalachian Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Erwin, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarilyShow more
#8 - Backbone Rock Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 12 m
Note: Please be cautious, trail has steep drop offs and rocky sections.Show more
#9 - Spillway Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
Spillway Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bristol, Tennessee that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running.Show more
#10 - Little Stoney Creek to Chestnut Flats
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
Hiked from Little Stoney Creek trail head to Chestnut Flats trail. This section of Holston Mtn is especially beautiful with streams and water falls (if you navigate a little off trail). Warning: thereShow more
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