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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.

Always a fun hike or even drive! One day we drove to various spots in order to view PantherTop fire tower. I am obsessed in finding all areas in the Murphy area where we can see that tower from a distance!

Nice hike. Well marked and maintained trail. Would probably rate closer to moderate for non-hikers, easy for experienced hikers. Hiked with dog, and two kids (12, 8)

Gorgeous water fall. The hike down to the river was steep and switch back and forth but worth the view. There is a nice bridge at the bottom crossing the river. Great place for photos. If you keep going alittle further you will come another bridge going over Corbin’s creek. Nice water fall to see there. If you keeping down the trail about 2-3 miles you will come to bad creek. From there you can also hike to the lower falls.
Very nice trail. Just remember you have to hike back a up the steep hill you started with. Nice day hike one or our favorite hikes.

17 days ago

Beautiful hike

Took the extra trail to Granny’s Burrell falls which made it a great hike.

Awesome easy hike with big time views at the peak. Convenient parking at trail head. Moderate to challenging uphill slope to peak. Magnificent 360 degree views at peak.

Great, short hike with beautiful views!

19 days ago

Perfect distance for what we were looking for. Took the dog and have great views at the top - there is not Summit sign to say you made it but once the trail starts heading down you’ll know when to stop.

Great hike! Can have a little difficult climb with some narrow trails at times but you are surrounded totally by nature the whole way up! The view was awesome, well worth it.
When you get to the shelter stay left instead of walking straight to the camping area and that path will take you all the way up!

An extremely gorgeous hike! If you're able to start the trail early you can easily complete the whole trek in one day.

Easy to find . Not too hard. Even our 11 year old dog had a great time . The only thing to mention are the icy patches due to time of year .

my hike was in total fog. but will go again.

This is a good mountain bike trail, but I came to hike. there were nice views of the lake.

1 month ago

Nice trail with a beautful view. This trail is most definitely NOT a loop, and is longer than the distance given. Just follow the blue blazes (which are spread out) and you'll be fine.

Just did this on Dec 2nd when we had nice 60 degree days. I was pretty out of shape so the way up got me winded pretty quick, and took about 3 hours. The way down only took an hour and a half and was a breeze. I camped at the summit overnight and the sunset/sunrise were amazing. Saw a few day hikers, and a couple AT through hikers. Highly reccomend!

1 month ago

We camped here during a drive from North Carolina to Tennessee. It was a quick hike to the top, with beautiful views and no one else the whole night. It may or may not be haunted by the man who's bones are buried at the top (namesake of nearby Dead Man's Run), but we thought of him as a friendly ghost.

In my opinion, the best way to come to the falls is from the bottom of the mountain. It's way cooler than just walking down the stairs.

We did this trip (in Ocotober) with a side trip to the AT shelter on the way down which probably made it an even 10 miles. Didn’t see one person on the way up as it seems most people that do this as a day hike leave from another trailhead that is closer because we encountered a few groups coming up from the point where you hike the last leg up to the Bald summit. Views were stunning!

Steep but easy hike to the top. Well worth it

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