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.

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.

1 month ago

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

Not really a hike. Just a few steps from the pull off to the falls. Beautiful. Plan on returning in summer with Chaco’s and swimming trunks.

Easy hike down to Blue hole and grotto falls. Beautiful scenery . You can walk around to the left of blue hole and up through some brush to access a cliff at the top you can jump off of into it. Be careful. It can be slippery

Relatively easy hike with beautiful views of the lake and mountains.

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.

2 months ago

Easy short hike to some amazing waterfalls. Usually lots of people here. Hard to get good pictures unless you go early or late on week day.

2 months ago

Good trail if you have little ones. Water is cold but refreshing.

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.

3 months ago

Small but beautiful falls with swimming hole. Saw it when frozen and plan to go back in the spring. Not much of a hike but coming back up the stairs from the bottom of the falls is brutal if you’re not in shape.

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

Pleasant hike to ridge. Steady incline (approx 1400 ft.) One can reach many other trails using Holston West (Big Arm, Old Dug) or can hike Holston West to Holston High Point.

5 months ago

Great hike with amazing waterfalls

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

Beautiful..love this place!!

7 months ago

Peaceful area

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.

Absolutely breathtaking!

it was fun just watching adults and kiddos jumping in the cold water. a very cool place to hang out.

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.

Beautiful little spot. More of a walk then a hike. Nice place to swim and enjoy the day.

Beautiful! Great swimming hike!

This was a cool little hike to do while we were in the area. Sheer dropoffs, so be especially careful with kids.

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.

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.

easy although it has an incline and stairs. very beautiful

9 months ago

My favorite swimming hole and waterfall. It's sometimes too crowded though.

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

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