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.

Great little hike, lots of water. Bring waterproof boots or water shoes. Google maps doesn’t send you to the right location - the trailhead is on the West side of the creek.

walking
1 month ago

really nice little falls, use the entrance along the fence, much shorter walk!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail most of the way, with the exception of scrambling over rocks near the falls. The slope is very gentle and generally follows the stream bed. There are 18 stream crossings, most of them with flat rocks for stepping across. You will get your feet wet. This is a quiet trail with little traffic, and an optional Jeep Trail nearby.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail is very beautiful. It’s about a 2.8 mile trek to the falls. If you plan on camping out at the falls overnight I would suggest hammock camping no good places for tents on this trail or at the falls. It’s a easy mostly flat hike, but very rocky. There are about twenty water crossings and no were for swimming at the bottom fall the upper fall may be suitable for a quick dip I did not go up to it didn’t see a way with out rock climbing however another hiker mentioned you have to go up the hill to the left of the lower fall and work your way up the root system and then your there. Took my wife and 11 year old it was a great hike. Not many people around and no real good dead wood for a campfires.

2 months ago

pretty waterfall went during raining season so it would be larger. this falls is for when you dont have time dor long hike beautiful area and lots to look at

hiking
2 months ago

This was a very enjoyable (and a bit wet) challenge today. The joy was dampened by the condition of the trail more than by the rain.

I think this trail should be retired unless major work can be done (alas, I'm not in a good place to take on working on it, myself). It is a great space, but the trail is in bad shape. About 1/3 of the trail is erosion ruts, and I felt guilty in passing through making it worse (albeit a tiny bit).

On the lower sections, the mountain laurel has overgrown, requiring me to stoop for lots of these parts (I'm 6'00"). There are sections of the trail that apparently have disappeared, requiring frequent GPS checks to get back on track.There are no markings. I did place a pile of limbs at one junction off of the logging road, since there were misleading pieces of day-glow orange surveyor's tape nearby. Sometimes, getting back on track was to find the erosion ruts! There are multiple downed trees, including a very recent (Maple or Sweet Gum) tree top that fell directly on the trail. Several other large logs lie across the trail, but they are not as much an obstacle. I did see a bit of recent clearing work, as noted by Anthony, yet the amount of work done appears to have been less than the recent new debris further up the trail.

I also found what may have been long-abandoned trails and/or animal trails, but these usually dead-ended into underbrush. The logging roads were not routed in an ecologically responsible way, which is part of the reason for the erosion ruts. They are often very steep (did they use cables to pull vehicles up and down?) and there are no erosion control water diversion cut-outs. Several of the logging roads dead-end as well...

If I was a permanent resident of this area, and could get FS permission, I would likely try to get a group of folks together to do some trail maintenance. It would be great to develop a couple of loops of varying distance, to open this great area to more people. That would also help mitigate some of the damage already there by the bad existing trails and roads.

easy to moderate 2.3 mile out and back trail to pretty double water fall .the trail has hardly any elevation gain it is rocky in places,and you do cross the creek alot 13 times I think but worth it, good day hike

hiking
3 months ago

A very nice trail along the creek with pretty scenery but no views along the way. Falls is also attractive. Saw four groups hiking out as we were walking in and three groups hiking in as we were hiking out but managed to have the falls to ourselves while we were there. Several young kids seemed to have no troubles with the hike.

Beautiful hike. Highly recommend! It took us 3 hours but we ate lunch by the falls and stopped to let our dog swim a couple of times.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful waterfalls! Make the extra trek to the top for an even better view!

hiking
4 months ago

Re-hiked this trail today. The trail has been cleared somewhat on the lower sections (e.g. debris around the downed tree cleared). Peter's description is still apt. The trail is difficult to follow on the upper sections. Please do use a GPS. Still a useful and pleasant exit from this part of the mtn.

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
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 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!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

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.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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
Saturday, August 19, 2017

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
Thursday, August 03, 2017

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

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
Monday, July 10, 2017

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
Friday, June 30, 2017

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
Saturday, June 24, 2017

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
Monday, June 19, 2017

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

camping
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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

Load More