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Best trails in Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee

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Looking for a great trail in Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee? AllTrails has 165 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 104 moderate trails in Cherokee National Forest ranging from 1 to 33 miles and from 721 to 5,892 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Margarette Falls Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
#2 - Benton Falls Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
As of May, 2020, users have reported that the gate is closed so you have to walk about half a mile to the trail head. You can park at the recreation area by the lake. $3 day use fee. Show more
#3 - Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to US 19E
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 16.7 mi • Est. 8 h 21 m
This trail is great for backpacking and normally would make an overnight backpacking trip. This hike begins at Carver's Gap parking lot. You can either take the AT trail at the Carver's Gap parking lot or walk up the road 2 miles to get to the parking area near Roan High Knob. Show more
#4 - Turtletown Falls Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
The directions for this route are incorrect and will take you to Newman Road. However, when you reach the intersection of Farner Rd and Newman Rd, turn down a gravel road in the western direction. You will drive this gravel road for 1.5 miles, stay on the well-maintained gravel road until you get to the mud puddle cul-de-sac! Just before the end, you pass through a very very shallow creek. You hear water soon as you get out of your car. The trail head begins behind the metal gate a little to the right of the parking lot. The first set of falls you will come to will be to the left of the very bottom of the stairs. You have to double back about 100 feet and continue on to see the second set of falls. That was the end of the trail. Show more
#5 - Bald River Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
NOTE: As of May 2020, part of the trail leading to the bridge is closed. The bridge is undergoing reconstruction. Please check with the park for more information. Show more
#6 - Laurel Falls via Appalachian Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#7 - Rock Creek Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
This route offers a steady incline over a trail that is 95% rocks and roots.There are four water crossings on the way up. The trailhead is near the campsite, but make sure to pay the $2.00 day fee which is based on the honor system. This is an extremely pleasant trek with a fantastic payoff at the end. Trail concludes at the waterfall.Show more
#8 - Appalachian Trail: Carver's Gap to Yellow Mountain Gap
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 6 h 6 m
The trail is marked with the AT white blaze and easy to follow. Begin at Carver's Gap and climb Round Bald. Descend into Engine Gap and then climb Jane Bald. After descending Jane Bald the AT turns left, there is a .5 mile side trail here to the summit of Grassy Ridge. Continue on the AT through the forest, there will be some switch backs, and the Stan Murray shelter will be reached at 3.7 miles. Continue down into Yellow Mountain Gap where the AT intersects with the Overmountain Victory Trail. Take the Overmountain Victory Trail to the right and you will arrive at The Overmountain Shelter in 0.3 miles. Once you're at the shelter you can stay the night or enjoy the hike back out to the trail head!Show more
#9 - Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 55 m
This is a fairly new trail that is well maintained. The views from the tower are awesome. The trail traffic is heavy on weekends.Show more
#10 - Jane Bald via Appalachian Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
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