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forest

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kid friendly

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camping

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river

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fishing

lake

With 531,270 acres in Macon, Graham, Cherokee, Jackson, Clay, and Swain counties, Nantahala National Forest is the largest of North Carolina's four national forests. The park features many western North Carolina waterfalls and the final stretch of the Mountain Waters Scenic Byway winds it's way through this forest. The word "Nantahala" is a Cherokee word that translates to "Land of the Noonday Sun. Three Wilderness areas are located within the Nantahala National Forest. Ellicott Rock Wilderness is located near Highlands, North Carolina, the Southern Nantahala Wilderness is in the Tusquitee and Nantahala Ranger District, and there is also the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness. The Nantahala Ranger District includes attractions such as Standing Indian Mountain, the Nantahala Gorge and Wayah Bald. The Nantahala National Forest offers easy access to a wide variety of recreation options. While it is well known for it's hiking and mountain biking, it also has great trout fishing in the Nantahala River. There are also great opportunities for off road driving. The most famous off road driving area is the Tellico OHV area in the Tusquitee Ranger District, and there is also an OHV area in the Nantahala Ranger District.

hiking
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hiking
12 days ago

This is a steady uphill climb, with a pretty waterfall at the bottom & a gorgeous view at the top. Keep the view in mind when you want to quit (believe me, I thought about it). We both enjoyed the challenge, the quiet, and the stunning colors (the dog had fun too!).

(Hiked 10/29/17)

We weren't prepared for the snow/sleet, so we only made it halfway up. The fog boxed us in anyway, so we wouldn't have been able to see the amazing views. The portion we hiked was uphill the whole way, so be prepared for that. It's well maintained, so we will definitely try again next time we are in the area!

(hiked 10/29/17)

Very easy hike on a paved path to the upper whitewater falls. Suitable for all ages and wheelchair accessible. Take the stairs on the right down for an even better view of the falls.