Explore the most popular hiking 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.

We hiked this trail during while it was drizzling, so it was more “moderate to me” than “Easy”... but the Fire-tower allowed us to see for miles and it was well worth it! Beautiful views at the top!

Took the longer trail that connects with Mountain to see trail. It is an awesome hike.

Panthertown is covered in intersecting trails, so have a map or this app ready for reference. The trail itself is a wide road until you reach the intersection at the beginning of the loop. We went right first. The trail was super muddy and waterlogged, so wear your waterproof shoes. Once on top of Little Green, the views are amazing! Exposed rock, heather and moss, and views for miles make it worth the uphill trek. It’s a great place to stop and take a water break. Once you’re at the bottom of the loop, the fall is right there with a large pool for you to swim/wade in. Be mindful of dogs and horses on this trail, and other campers. Overall, it was super fun and would definitely go back. I’d recommend it for the intermediate hiker.

1st time on the trail to get back into walking and loved it.

Agree that going clockwise is the way to go. A bit muddy in spots, but totally manageable. Linger at the top spots. We were too early for fall colors this year, but bet they’re amazing from 4900’.

Beautiful views, a wonderful hike. I recommend you take this hike

Great views at the top! Also very windy! Paved until close to the top, rocks could be a little slippery.

We loved this trail! It was a good little workout and the view was amazing, just watch out for bees when you get to William’s Pulpit!

Pretty lake views. Great for taking your non hiker friends who are stressed by incline.

I love the view from this short hike. It is paved up most of the way. A little upward but go slow if you need to, not strenuous. I would suggest a clear day to see the wonderful views from here.

Enjoyed the hike! Was just right for my 1st hike. Beautiful view!

walking
11 days ago

Easy trail with unbeatable views

It’s always one of my favorites.

Great loop trail, all in tree canopy with some cool rhododendron tunnels. The falls are small but all in all a fun loop.

Easy hike. Huge trees. Beautiful creek. Have hiked this before and would hike it again.

on Rufus Morgan Trail

13 days ago

nice hike to very tall waterfall

This is a great hike for young kids.

Beautiful hike easy if you take the left trail the right is more fun.

Perfect trail for a leisurely hike. Absolutely beautiful, with only a couple other hikers, it felt like we were secluded into a deep forest. A bit too early for fall colors, but did find some red, orange and yellow leaves dotting the path. Will definitely recommend.

360 view. Short walk. Oct 2, 2018 with lots of wildflowers. Can go two routes for variety.

Great trail. Not a hard walk even with a 3 and 7 year old. They loved looking at all the big trees.

hiking
18 days ago

This is by no means a “hard” trail. The second half involves a mild upward grade, and even this is broken by some switchbacks.

The trail tends to be rooty and a little wet, sometimes even a tad muddy, during the first half. There are several undaunting stream crossings. If you don’t like low-grade rock-hopping, take some hiking poles.

At the summit plateau, the trail flattens, narrows, and is a bit overgrown. Even so, it is easy to follow. Numbered side-trails lead to worth-the-walk vistas.

The only even potentially “hard” thing might be some unsigned crossings by other, unmarked trails. Take your Alltrails map and you should be fine.

A moderately fit-and-experienced hiker will find this to be an enjoyable, leg-stretching walk in the woods.

Love the views! Hike is easier than the road up but worth it!

It is hard! Great views in the fall with the foliage

Did this hike today. We took the AT route on the way up ( more difficult trail ). Beautiful views from the top. Well worth the hike. Took the easier route down.

Easy hike for a 360 degree gorgeous view of the Appalachian Mountains. Perfect spot to pitch a tent and watch the sunrise.

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