Looking for a great trail in Cherokee National Forest, North Carolina? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Cherokee National Forest ranging from 1.6 to 10 miles and from 1,673 to 6,213 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
13 hours ago

Not a huge hike but a gorgeous place to visit

hiking
muddy
rocky
14 hours ago

This was one of my favorite trails and waterfalls. We were in a low clearance vehicle so we opted to park at the first parking area (I really think we could have made it to the main parking but a higher vehicle could have helped). The entrance to the trail isn’t very clearly marked but the trail is marked with navy blue blazes. Basically follow the creek and you should be fine. Several creek crossings and there were a lot of muddy or rocky areas but I wouldn’t consider it a hard hike. When u reach the first fall, u can see the upper falls but the trail isn’t marked to get to them. However if u are looking at the falls, and go up and to the left of them, u will see a trail. This part of the trail is a little difficult. We used the tree branches and roots to help us get up the steep areas. It is so worth it to go all the way to the top though. The falls are both gorgeous but the upper one has a better area to swim and u can climb on the falls if you’re adventurous like I am. Considering the mile walk from where we parked to the trail head then back, we ended up logging almost 8 miles total. But the actual trail is closer to 5 miles there and back. I wore some regular tennis shoes that I didn’t mind getting wet and had no trouble doing the whole hike in those. Highly recommend this trail. Not heavily trafficked (at least on weekdays) and definitely lots of photo opportunities.

Easy little hike to a interesting falls.

Nice trail even if your a bit scared of heights. Wish there was better signage about the history of the area.

Great trail! Creek crossings caused a little anxiety as they were my first, but I made it! Beautiful falls make the trip worth it.

5 of us hiked this trail today. Beautiful! Water at nice level so we were able to make the 13 creek crossings without getting the boots too wet. The Catawba Rhododendrons were all in bloom. The trail feels like you are in a canyon. Lots of little falls and cascades. There are actually two magnificent falls. The second, above the first, takes a little more difficult climbing. We were able to get up into the first falls. Felt wonderful.

hiking
8 days ago

very dirty

The AT coming out of Carvers Gap is a very pretty forest walk, but the trail is very rocky. There are no views until after Tollhouse Gap.

hiking
bugs
10 days ago

Nice, easy trail. The waterfall at the end was really nice. Would definitely recommend. Bug spray is an absolute must in summer.

hiking
muddy
rocky
11 days ago

Trail is rocky and quite muddy in some parts, but very little elevation gain makes it quite enjoyable. We didn't encounter too many people even one day after a holiday. The biggest deterrent is the road getting into the parking area.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful Loved Standing under the Falls!

hiking
15 days ago

Swimming hole is just as you park. If it has rained not a good place for little ones as it is slick. Also water to swift for little ones to even get wet. Might try again sometime but doubt it.

hiking
16 days ago

I love backbone rock but this is the first time I have actually been to the falls. It’s just a short little hike but the falls were pretty and the area is gorgeous.

hiking
16 days ago

This was a nice short hike. I will definitely go back to swim one day with my kids. It’s a little steep and muddy in spots but picturesque and peaceful. We hiked down the stream some and found several other small waterfalls and I would love to explore further down when I have more time.

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

decent but you really have to look for the blue on the tree we passed and missed the falls but a great nature hike , a half mile in use a pedometer you ll barely see the tree and it's a lil grown over but we had missed by a mile but a great cardio up hill walk be careful if your doggie isnt used to gravel roads ♡ nice shady ♡

on Blue Hole Falls

hiking
18 days ago

This is not an easy hike for older folks. It is a very short trail to a small water fall. The trail has many roots and has very steep stairs before you get to the falls. The only thing that made the trip interesting for us were the young people jumping off a high cliff into the small pool of water. I wouldn’t waste my time on this one again.

Gorgeous trail overlooking Nolichucky River. Hard uphill climb but worth it.

This was so amazing. One of my favorite hikes.

hiking
bugs
closed
private property
rocky
23 days ago

Nick little hike wasn't too bad make sure you wear bug spray very shaded area you walk about a mile and you will see a tree on your left with a hollow blue circle take that left and follow it down to the falls nice little hike for children as well

hiking
27 days ago

Great little hike... little steep... can be slippery right after a rain shower...

hiking
28 days ago

my family and I enjoyed this trail. You'll definitely get your feet wet with so many creek crossings. But we loved it!

hiking
30 days ago

IMPORTANT NOTE: Google maps directions were incorrect when following the driving directions from the AllTrails App. It routed us up someone's driveway that is posted private property. So, don't turn left on Pete Greever Road. Stay straight (slight right) and that forest road forks.... keep staying RIGHT. Eventually you will come to a small parking area (keep driving up... it takes a while) , and the Gentry Creek Falls trail begins there. The signage to get you there is lacking. Once on the trail, it hugs Gentry creek all the way up to the falls. The trail was in good shape, but be prepared to get wet! You will need to criss cross the creek 18+ times. The trail is gorgeous, and the falls are a wonderful payoff at the end. There are some rocky sections, so sturdy shoes are probably best. Trail is well marked with Navy blue blazes and proper creek crossings are easily identified with trail continuing on opposite side. The trail is definitely moderate. If you are trying to stay dry, expect all of the creek crossings to slow you up a good bit, so leave yourself some extra time. Plus you will want to budget additional time to enjoy the waterfalls (the water is freezing cold, but refreshing). We will definitely do this hike again before it cools off, as you will want do do this hike in warm weather.

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off trail
rocky
30 days ago

I recommend this trail and will definitely be back there. Falls are picturesque and many place to swim and splash! Beautiful rock outcrops for my rock climbing friends! Trail is a little steep in spots but worth it!!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail in whole was very pretty. However in terms of trail surface, it was probably one of the worst trails I've ever done. So many roots and rocks the entire way. The view from the bald though, completely makes up for it. My knees and hips will be so sore tomorrow!

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