Explore the most popular hiking 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.

nature trips
1 day ago

Really short little treck with rewarding scenery! The watering holes were gorgeous and nice for a quick dip!

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing little spot to cool off. Very short trek to the first and primary falls. If you follow the creek down on the left side, there's another fall about .3 miles down. That one was my favorite of the 2, and it has a small little pool to get in about waist deep. Trail is accessible for older crowds and children. Rocks are slippery, so take caution.

on Blue Hole Falls

hiking
1 month ago

have been here a lot of times over the years. Like to go at different ti.es of the year. Really pretry in the winter with ice on and around. The hike itself is real easy except for the far apart steps make it a little harder on people with short legs. Cold water but real nice to swim in when it is hot out

nature trips
1 month ago

The trail was very steep, but very short. There are lots of roots and rocks, so this may not be great if you don’t have good balance. The water was icy, but very pretty. Great views and opportunities to climb around on the rocks.

walking
1 month ago

Excellent rock stacking opportunities, truly a hidden gem.

Extremely short walk to the falls, but very steep stairs going down. Plenty of great fall photo opportunities.

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.

Although extremely beautiful, this trail is quite popular. Lightly trafficked is not accurate.

walking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

It is a very easy walk, however there are a lot of roots all through the trail. The steps leading down to the Blue Hole are steep. The water was very cold, but gorgeous. Would highly recommend.

hiking
2 months 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.

I’ve been there so many times, there’s a waterfall too.

nature trips
2 months ago

Beautiful falls & very easy to get to. The “parking lot” is located on the left side of the dirt road and is approx .25 miles past the fork in the road. I’ve posted a picture of the parking lot because we didn’t realize it was a parking lot until we drove up the entire mountain & back down - beautiful scenery though!!

Also, I wouldn’t call this a hike. It’s more like you walk to the falls.

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

2 months ago

I read a review somewhere of Blue Hole where the person was complaining about a guy walking around with a big knife strapped to his leg. We were vacationing in the area, and visited today. I met that very man. He was a local, and goes there to walk the FS road, and carries the knife due to bears. Really nice guy, and exemplifies the typical misunderstanding of country people by 'visitors' sent there by internet posts.

As for the falls, it was incredible. My wife and I stayed for a few hours swimming. The water is breathtakingly cold. I could see where it would get crowded. The parking area is super small. Other than that, this is a hidden gem that I hope can be preserved.

hiking
3 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

Breath taking!! the waterfalls are beautiful. the hike isn't too long to the falls, but it is STEEP. wear good shoes, don't jump off any rocks and enjoy the view. I wouldn't say this one is kid friendly but definitely dog friendly.

Beautiful waterfall wear water shoes if you get in water there is some broken glass

3 months ago

Very short hike but super nice swimming hole. People were jumping off rocks pretty high up, there’s also more trails if you follow the creek on back with more swimming holes. Overall it was beautiful!! But also pretty crowded :)

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.

To get to the hole stay to the left, there are a couple different trails there

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

Very short hike to multiple waterfalls! Beautiful place. Go off the trail and follow the creek to find hidden falls! Great swimming hole!

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.

walking
4 months ago

this is a sorry excuse for a hike. you can hear the falls from the parking lot and you just walk down some stairs. I read the other reviews stating the same thing, but I didn't expect it to be that close. the falls are really pretty and I love that there were teirs. it's a good place to go if you want to swim and only have a short walk.

hiking
4 months ago

loved it a great site reminded me of my home state Colorado.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful. Already can’t wait to go back and swim!

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