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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, trail 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 - Appalachian Trail: 19E to Hump Mountain
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 52 m
#2 - Blue Hole Falls
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
#3 - Gentry Creek Falls
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
#4 - Martin’s Creek Falls
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Note: Trail is pretty easy overall however the only hard part is the climb down to the bottom of the falls.Show 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
#6 - Backbone Falls Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 13 m
#7 - Nolichucky Ridge Cliff via Appalachian Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 1 h
#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 - Little Stoney Creek to Chestnut Flats
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 52 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: there are about a dozen stream crossing so you may want to bring some sandals.Show more
#10 - Hughes Gap to Little Rocky Knob
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
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