Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Nantahala 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.

Great trail even after it rained for 4 straight days. Listed as moderate but isn’t any worse then the easy trails. Right side of the lower loop is currently closed due to all the rain wiping out a section of steps leading back to the parking lot from the upper section of the lower loop. We ignored signs but came upon workers resigning the steps so decided to turn back and go around. Lot of nice trail we would’ve missed tho had we not gone down. Highly recommend this trail

Great trail to bike. The red trail was a little muddy yesterday afternoon

We hiked this section the last weekend of April, and while the daytime temperatures were wonderful for hiking, the temps plummeted at night down to around 30°F. We hiked the trail to the telico bald and back tracked to a camp at Burningtown Gap. If the weather is windy, I would suggest either stopping at the shelter between telico and burningtown, or pass through the burningtown gap and head down to the camp pad with the water source at lick log gap. Since the fires hit this area in 2016, there’s not a lot of foliage yet, so bring some sunscreen. The majority of the hike from Wayah to burningtown is downhill, but you have to make a considerable climb to get to telico, so I suggest stopping for lunch at burningtown if you haven’t already.

Mostly uphill. Trails are not clearly marked so it's easy to get confused. Trail had lots of tree stumps and rocks. Great bathing area for dogs and kids once you get to the Schoolhouse Waterfall.
Not a huge summit but a great place to hike to just for the view.

Awesome views from Whiterock! Super easy hike!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Such a fun place!

I absolutely loved Joyce Kilmer!! The hike was beautiful and the trees were breath taking. There was something magical about this place. The hike itself wasn't challenging but still felt very rewarding.

Great Hike. As with all the trails in panthertown valley, take a GPS or a trail map. Portions of the trail (Panthertown Valley Trail) are well-marked, but other parts (Wilderness Falls) is not marked at all. Lots of overgrowth made staying on the trail difficult. Bring water shoes or prepare to cross streams without boots in the rainy Spring and Summer seasons here as water levels are high.

Easy and pleasant!

The car may of hike more than I did that day. Short hike from the parking lot to the tower. I am excited to go back and hike down to the spring this time.

Nice hike for everyone! Several well-marked trails with great views.

3 months ago

Glorious! We had the entire circuit to ourselves and only saw the occasional fisherman. We walked several of the loops.

Ended up doing this trail by accident... but so happy we did! We went around to Little Green summit first and then down to the falls. The trail was definitely easy going for the first 3+ miles. A nice/steep climb to the top and then some AMAZING views. Got a little turned around on the summit thanks to some careless wandering but never got too far off path. The entire 4 hours we were in the area we only saw 4 other groups of people which made the experience even more perfect. Can't wait to come back for a weekend of camping/hiking.

Has been a favorite hike for 35+ years.
Just before the switchback to ascend the back side of Whiterock, there are some Awesome geological formations ~ 50 yards off the southwest side of the trail that must be explored.
But word of warning.... I have only ventured there during colder months, as it is rattlesnake and copperhead heaven.

Great day hike! As mentioned by a few others it is best to not follow the directions from All Trails. I'll repost the better directions here : http://southernhighroads.org/north-carolina/attractions/highlands/hiking...bartram-trail-jones-gap-to-whiterock-mountain

Begin by referring to the above directions to get to the trailhead. Although some of it is paved, a good majority of it is not so you'll likely drive ~2 miles on dirt road up I believe Scaly Mtn to the trailhead. Trailhead will be obvious after a long uphill drive. From there we went right on the yellow blazed trail. About a half mile in there is a spur trail on the left with blue blazes to take you up Jones Knob and Whiterock Mtn (maybe a mile at most to do this trail). AMAZING VIEWS!!! these will be the best views during the hike so i highly recommend taking this spur. then you can back track and get back on Bartam trail. This trail can take you a ways so you can do a lot more/go a lot longer than what is listed on this page. This is mostly a backcountry type trail with a lot of vegetation. it is really pretty and not overly difficult. You will see an option to go up Whiterock from this trail down near the Whiterock Gap

There is an option during the hike to take a spur trail to the summit of FishHawk Mtn. Hiker be warned that the sign that says its 528ft refers to the elevation gain!!! This is a heartbreaker! Def use your trekking poles if you have them-very steep! Not really a view from the top but there is a summit marker and a plague in the rock. Def the hardest part of the hike! but not mandatory!

I recommend after the hike to go checkout the Satulah Mtn Brewery! it is a 15 min drive. No food but there is a neat little pub called Ugly Dog just down the street with plenty of food options-and more beer! This is all downtown Highlands which is a cute little town worth stopping by

Great easy walking trail. Well marked and level. Nice lake/mountain views.

Very nice family trail.

Enjoyed this trail. Easy to navigate, terrain was even with a few sloping areas, pretty views and well marked vegetation. The additional loops add extra trail if you want a bit more distance. Nice beach areas. Very clean.

All the trails Marked very well . Like how there are a lot of different loops to take off the main loop. Can choose your distance as you go

Just the right amount of trail to work up a little sweat. There weren't any overlooks but the large trees were definitely worth seeing.

has everything: falls, steep hike, cliff walking, wet swampy areas, and lots of leaves. got lost a couple times. this app really helped.

8 months ago

This was a nice trail, although I'm not sure I would bring my two and three year old back to walk it as it seems primarily designed for mountain bikers. I loved that they marked the flowers, trees and shrubs!

I loved running this trail plus it has a beach and an island!!! There are also a lot of spots to camp. Easy hike and pretty. I haven't taken a bike on it but it looks really fun with the curves and the ups and downs.

Great trail. If it weren't for the muddy trail and sparse trail markers, we would definitely have rated it a 5.

This is an easy hike. Although it is not close to anything. maybe that is why it has those gorgeous large 400 years old trees. It is really worth to see!.
There was some fire damage, so part of the trail is officially closed, but there is really only some handrails burned down. But the upper loop where most large tree can be found had no fire damage.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Excellent trails for the beginner not too technical and the climbs aren't difficult. These trails are fast and fun like being on a roller coaster.

This trail is pretty easy and a nice one for the family. It's a little over two miles and runs through a babbling creek. Grand trees and rocks. It's a stunner. It's a leisurely type trail.

Quiet morning at the end of July. Only hikers on he trail. Nice 400 year old trees, many large Tulip Poplars.

This is a fabulous hike! To get to trailhead, follow directions under Austin Thompson's review below. Only change is that the left off of Gold Mine Road is now paved for quite a distance. Views from Jones Knob and Whiterock are spectacular. I went further to Fishhawk Mtn. If you do this, don't believe the sign that says the side trail is just 528 feet. It's much longer and incredibly steep. Then I couldn't find the overlook at the top! I'm sure it's there somewhere but I had to settle for seeing a nice plaque at the summit honoring W. Bartram. Regardless, a great hike--highly recommend.

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