Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Did this as a day hike out and back with our dog. Great view at the bald. Saw no hikers on our way up and one small group when we got to the bald. A few more on our way back. Can get hot bring plenty of water. Challenging hike but worth it.

Really awesome hike! Falls are incredible! Highly recommended!

Great hike awesome falls!

Beautiful falls! Great hike.

Marvelous
We hiked this trail days after a tremendous amount of rain fell in the area. There were several stream crossings but easily passable. Rainbow Falls was simply amazing with the enormous amount of water passing over the ledge. The spray from the falls was so thick I may as well been standing under the falls. Turtleback Falls is another can't miss. The trail is well maintained and the surroundings are unsurprisingly beautiful. Just go.

12 days ago

BEAUTIFUL!

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

mountain biking
14 days ago

Pretty views of the lake and good flowing trail.

This is a paved trail in and near downtown Franklin with multiple points of access. It is great asset to the community that offers access to fishing, wildlife, a view of the Little Tennessee River, dog park, and 2 playgrounds. For those seeking a little solitude head to the southernmost section adjacent to Cartoogechaye Creek. Sorry, NO waterfall!

trail running
22 days ago

Beautiful single track. Lots of climbing. Only a couple of “views” until the firetower.

Beautiful day - excellent trail - very challenging!

Great hike! Other than a few rattlesnakes it was spectacular!

An incredible hike with an incredible view! Being from South Florida, the elevation was quite difficult to adjust to but the view was definitely worth it! Also totally recommend hiking up to slide down turtle back falls.

Super fun trail, with great views if you enjoy waterfalls, and natural streams! It had a good amount of hills to walk up so be advised young children (under like 6) could get tuckered out on the hike back. Overall 4 mile round trip.

Went a while back really enjoyed! A lot of people!

We have been to this group of trails several times, and love the forest and lake views here. Just yesterday, May 10, 2018, we started out on the marked left-hand loop from the parking spot on the All Trails map, and ended up cutting across the interior of the loop on a trail marked with blue painted tree roots. About half way across the interior, on either side of the trail, we found lady slippers in full bloom, light of the setting sun falling across them...a rare sighting of this endangered species. See photo.

Wow. Great run/hike. Enjoyed this one lots! What a view on a clear day

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.

Beautiful falls, especially after several days of heavy rain. Not a rough hike, but definitely merits a moderate rating. Great places to rest by the falls and take in the view from a well-placed hammock.

Was a beautiful and amazing hike. last 15 minutes got me but well worth the veiw!!!

Wow! The falls are so impressive. The hike was super easy — all downhill until you get to the area just before falls. It’s just a short climb that’s mostly fueled by the adrenaline you get from the sounds of rushing water and the anticipation of seeing the waterfall. I was worried that the return trip would be exhausting since it’s mostly uphill to the parking lot but the incline is gradual. Next time I would plan a trail run here!

We've done a good number of trails in the area and this one is still hands down our favorite. It's a bit of a harder hike if you're not in shape/prepared, but 100% worth it. These are still the coolest falls that we've seen in a long time and I would absolutely do this hike again in a heartbeat. This app also says you cannot take dogs on it, but we took our lab and ran into no issues with that. We even saw other dogs on the trail.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Such a fun place!

hiking
1 month ago

Very well marked trail. Some trees are down after Irma.
Pretty sleep elevation gain, so it was a great work out. We did it on a foggy rainy Sunday and didn’t meet any single person.
Flowers along the way and mossy trees.

Beautiful hike and amazing views at the top.

Rather easy, less than 1000 feet elevation gain trail.
We were here on a weekend , so met some people but it was not crowded.
Beautiful waterfalls.
The whole trail sparkles! You need to witness it in order to understand it.
Be prepared for several water crossings specially in wet season. .

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike with wonderful views from on top of the wall to below the wall. Good amount of campsites, some with water sources and some without. Only problem is the bears in the area. They will come into your camp and they are accustom to human interaction, so trying to scare them off is a bit more difficult. Just come prepared for bears if you are camping and it should be fine.

Okay trial. Panthertown Valley Trail is really a (closed) service road and frequented by mountain bikers. For hikers, it may be best to use Panthertown as a connector as you criss-cross between other trails with more to see and fewer bikes zooming by.

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.

nature trips
2 months ago

Not a bad loop. Good for a warm up quick nature hike

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