Explore the most popular Camping 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.

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

I loved this hike. I hiked through all different types of terrain and ended on top of this bald mountain with 360° views. There is water spaced sporadically throughout for those with dogs. It's the longest hike I've done, to date, at 11 miles round trip. There's a 2700' change in elevation, but it's pretty gradual until the final stretch. Also, accidentally stumbled upon a geo cache, but I won't tell you where. It's in my top 5 best hikes now!

hiking
12 days ago

Love this trail. Since the last time i was there, it has been re-blazed and trees removed. Had the trail to myself today. Be sure to wear water proof boots. Even with stepping stones your going to get wet to your ankles. I'll be back when the snow is on... Gentry Creek Falls is my happy place...

Great trail. Several stream crossings and a nice hike along the creek. The waterfall was beautiful.

We (2 adults, 5 kids from 18m to 11 years old) enjoyed this hike. We didn’t get wet at all because it’s been so dry. The trail is not really well maintained. We rarely see wildlife because our kids always scare everything into hiding. This time we were excited to see a painted turtle!

fishing
1 month ago

This is an excellent trail for those interested in fishing for native wild brook trout. The trail parallels the stream all the way from the parking area to the falls providing numerous access points to small pools. The rhododendrons and other streamside vegetation make casting tricky but the fish readily take nymphs and wet flies. I live a half hour away and this is one of my favorite local streams for native brookies.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Lots of creek crossings, bring extra socks or Chacos. Very rocky

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with a lot of creek crossings. Don’t park at the first parking area (on the left), continue up the gravel road until you eventually see a parking area with a brown trail sign for Gentry Creek Falls.

Wonderful hike. You can feel the 2700 feet of elevation in your legs after finished.

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is an awesome hike. I am some what a local... an hour away. This is the lowest I've ever seen the water on this hike. At any point you can cross without getting wet. There are ways to the upper falls, but it isn't for the faint of heart. It's steep and narrow ledges. I've posted all the water crossings and upper falls photos in my recording. This is a beautiful hike. Can't wait for winter and get photos of the ice again. I'd rank this as an easy hike. The reward is simply awesome!! Locals have put a sign up coming in. When you get to the gravel, just go straight. First lot is for horse riding... just keep going. 1.2 miles from where the pavement ends is the trail head. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/recording-aug-25-12-20-pm--12

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. moderate, 18 water crossings, one way. the falls are lovely. would recommend boots for those with ankle difficulty because the trail is strewn with rock, roots and the less than optimal surfaces. trekking poles would be useful for some if not most. well worth the effort. would certainly do again

hiking
2 months ago

This is a wonderful trail with a beautiful end destination. As other reviews have mentioned, the directions are wonky. Google the falls, go to the main website (on the Cherokee National Forest site), and follow those directions. Then drive passed the first parking lot to the second one. The road is a little sketchy and bumpy, but it ends at the 2nd lot. Overall, the trail is easy to moderate with multiple water crossings and rocky spots. The water crossing do have bigger rocks and/or steps to help people cross. Don't forget bug spray! Really, get some for this hike. My dogs really enjoyed this trail and I love the constant access to water.

hiking
2 months ago

Google Maps will tell you to turn left on Pete Greever Rd. at the end of directions. Do not take this road as it goes to people's homes. Instead stay straight where it says to turn. From Pete Greever Rd. It is 1.3 miles to trail parking. As others have said, don't park at the first parking area. The first is for access to the 5.8 mi Rogers Ridge trail and is another hike for another day. The trail to Gentry Creek Falls was relatively easy. Gentle uphill. Multiple creek crossings as noted. A little bouldering at the end. The double cascading waterfall at the end was beautiful. Lots of spots along the way to wade in and cool off too.

hiking
2 months ago

This a pretty easy hike. The elevation gain is so gradual that you don’t even notice it. There are at least 13 creek crossing, but most are pretty easy with the rock placement. I imagine it would be a lot harder after a lot of rain. The falls are beautiful. I can’t wait to go back after some good rain or snow. Finding it can be difficult. I found this blog post super helpful with very specific directions. http://appalachiantreks.blogspot.com/2013/05/gentry-falls.html?m=1

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail with several water crossings. Quiet and low traffic. Waterfall at the end is well worth the hike.

Excellent section hike for a day. The foliage was dense, so no views for the first 4.5 miles, but WOW, the last mile is nothing but amazing long-range views in every direction. We put up a small tarp shelter at the top for our lunch break because the sun was intense and there is zero shade, so come prepared. The trail was great for our dog; nothing so technical that he couldn't easily manage it without assistance. The 3,000+/- of elevation gain on the way up was a good workout with a 30lb pack, but it wasn't strenuous. NOTE FOR PARKING: There's plenty of shady roadside parking just across the highway from the trail entrance on Bear Hollow Rd.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

I hiked this yesterday for the first time and really enjoyed it! My only issue was that I arrived at the first parking area where vehicles were present so I thought I had reached the trail. There were no signs but a visible trail so I started out. About 40mins later circling around unable to stay on a clear path I realized this was not the trail. You need to drive beyond this point on a dirt road for about a mile where you find another parking location. Still no signage, but the trail is marked with blue blazes on the trees. The trail was easy to follow, crosses the creek about a dozen times so you will want to wear water shoes. There are a few muddy spots mostly in the beginning. Lots of unique flowers and mushrooms to view along the way. The falls are beautiful!! It took me 1 hour 40mins going in and 1 hour 22mins coming out. Use bug spray!! No cell service!

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bugs
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

Amazing Hike. The falls are worth every step. As stated before there are multiple creek crossings, and the trail is creek like in several spots. I wore my usual boots and stayed dry the whole trip except for a bit of mud. The entire trail is a steady gentle slope, BUT this is a fairly rocky trail. A little common sense is a good thing, If you wore your dollar store flip flops don't bother. Very scenic with lots of photo opportunities in addition to the falls. Take the bug spray with you. There are two options for parking. The first is 1/10 mile past the pavement. This is apparently parking for a horse trail, so I'm not sure of where to pick up the trail from here. The main parking area is 1.3 miles past the pavement. This is a sketchy one lane dirt/gravel road with huge potholes. Make a note of the 3 wide spots, because if you meet someone one of you will have to back up in order to pass. There is plenty of parking once you get there.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Great hike with varied treadway. Plenty of water at the falls made for a great reward. Was able to make it up and back with dry feet.

First day on the AT, hiked from the bed n breakfast hostel up to the Over Mountain Shelter. Almost all up hill proved to be tough on us for our first day. But great views and an awesome time. Stopped to camp for the night after 8 hrs of hiking. Stopped it a little late as I forgot to save due to hunger and wanting to change into clean clothes lol. Great day!

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