Explore the most popular birding trails in Cherokee National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice hike on old railbed. This trail offers views of the gorge, railway tunnels, wildflowers, the sound of gushing Doe River along the way. Well kept by owners.

Probably one of the best views you will ever see with such easy access and limited amount of people. Forms aren't a big deal. The trail just shows a different view of the world.

hiking
1 month ago

Quick little hike! Beautiful waterfall in April. Our young kids (3,6,7) did well with this.

hiking
2 months ago

I just hiked ~half of the trail and back (3.5 miles). Good exercise. Some nice views and scenery but no major overlooks. Always nice just to be out in the woods. It was a steady uphill climb - nothing "flat" about Chestnut Flats.

Really enjoyed hiking with friends here. We were blown away with the views: Gorge, river, railroad, all under snow was truly awesome. We will be back soon. Ang out.

Perfect hiking weather. Great company. Trail had snowy patches but overall clear.

Beautiful. Easy hike other than creek crossings. wear shoes that can get wet!

Nice trail. Be sure to wear good shoes since the railroad gravel can be a little rough on your feet. There are some amazing views of the river below, but not too many easy paths to get to it.

Great trail--not too much elevation change but very rocky. Lots of stream crossings. Well marked and walked along the river most of the way.

Great trail. Like others have said, very rocky. We hiked to the falls but then decided to go a bit further and scale the waterfalls. There are three levels to the falls and we made it to the very top! It's dangerous though as you'll be going off an unmarked trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Very rocky trail. The waterfalls were very nice and the temperature was wonderful walking next to the water. Definitely got my feet wet and fell in on the way back.

hiking
9 months ago

One of my most favorite trails. Nice and shady on a hot summer day. Love crossing the creek and getting the feet cooled off. As others say, you cross the creek each way about 15 times (more if its been raining and some of the normal trails are now are under water!) Definitely wear shoes you don't mind getting wet / water shoes and something with good tread. Although the trail is not difficult in elevations it is very rocky. We go several times a year

nice place to take kids! I had three six year olds with me and they were able to hike the whole trail with no problem. you cross the creek several times , but its nice on a hot day and the kids loved it. the waterfalls were beautiful. and we were the only ones on the trail when we went.

hiking
10 months ago

Creek Crossing Galore! Six mile hike logged with GPS. On this trail you will cross the creek over a dozen times. The trail is very muddy in many areas. Parking area is a good size for this secluded trail. This hikes surprise is well worth the creek crossings and mud. The falls are very beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

Peaceful walk through the woods by the creek. I could hear water almost the whole trip! The path was a gentle incline up almost the whole way, and fun in the way down. Be prepared for a scramble over bigger rocks at the end. There were three spots on the trail that were not marked clearly (two paths, both looked plausible ). I chose the one that hugged the creek and all was well. My 11.5 year old dog and I (50+) made it without problems, although we are sore today (knees). Was hoping for a bigger swimhole by the falls, but cooled off just fine in the cool spray of the falls and wading. Beautiful hike ! There are camping spots on the gravel road before the trail head .

hiking
10 months ago

This is a great short trail. The path is mostly rocky and you definitely want to wear waterproof shoes due to crossing the stream numerous times. We took our time and completed the trail in a little over 3 hours. We were the only ones there the day we went. Hearing the running stream was relaxing as we hiked.

hiking
11 months ago

Great 4.5 mile hike but wear your Chacos because round trip we crossed the creek 34 times.

camping
11 months ago

the trail is tagged camping my family and children love to hike and camp. Does anyone thats hiked this trail know if theres designated tent spots or do u just find a spot

Wasn't expecting much and the waterfalls turned out to be way cooler than I thought. A lot of stream crossings.

After a haevy rain the stream that you need to cross maybe higher than your boots! Also, the stream is running faster and stronger.

Closed to the public during the summer. Very disappointing after driving to get here

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Such a beautiful hike along and and throughout the creekside. The waterfalls were absolutely beautiful! Be sure to go up the trail to the left of the waterfalls so you can climb up to the third one up top and see them from up there!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Nice trail wear water shoes

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Very nice hike with a very cool waterfall. Be prepared to get your feet wet with many creek crossings

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Friday, May 05, 2017

If you don't like water, this isn't the trail for you! We crossed the creek about 14 times and there are some stepping stones, but they are slippery and I didn't always use them. Once at the falls, you can keep going to get on top of the double drop and even further to get onto the upper single drop, but it's dangerous. Also, the locals say watch out for snakes, particularly eastern diamond backs.

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Enjoyed the forest and views. Also checked out several geocaches along the way.

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

This trail is best taken down from Holston Mtn, it is pretty steep on the ascent. It does offer some good views in the spring/fall when the leaves are down. There is a small waterfall to enjoy and several stream crossings.

On the upper end, a logging/forest road bed has obliterated part of the trail. I have added waypoints to mark the intersections of the trail and the old road bed. The upper parts are also lesser defined and take some imagination to follow. Good news is the trail is easily recovered if you are following the uploaded route.

The upper part of the trail intersects the southwest ridge of Holston Mtn. You will need to extend your hike from the Holston Mtn west trail along the ridge. For some distance there is a lightly used trail on the ridge, then it intersects with an old road bed. Big Arm descends to the right just past a metal forest park notice on a tree (I stacked some rocks there as well.)

The lower end connects with a closed ATV trail shortly before reaching Big Creek Rd. If descending, turn left on that trail to reach Big Creek Rd.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

wonderful hike with wild flowers, cascades, brook and rainbow trout in stream, beautiful waterfalls, and no big elevation changes. We hiked it with our 7year old and he loved getting to cross the stream over rocks and logs. We werent expecting to have to cross over the stream 17 times one way but it was still fun! It was unmarked so finding the traill head was a bit confusing but once you get to the gravel road follow that up towards the right and it deadends where you will follow the blue blazed trail.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great hike with a lot of stream crossing. One of my favorite waterfall hikes. It's around Mountain City, TN and is located in TN. Not sure why it's saying Grayson,NC...I'm guessing it may be near by?

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