Looking for a great trail in Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee? AllTrails has 134 great hiking trails, 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 85 moderate trails in Cherokee National Forest ranging from 1 to 23.7 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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8 days ago

I have visited Bald River Falls multiple times. Did not know about the trail. I started from Hwy 165 at the base of the falls and hiked a few miles in. Stopped as was running out of daylight. I see the directions start from the other end. Is the 9+ miles one way? Sorry new to the app so excuse my ignorance. Does it require a river crossing as I read in one of the reviews? Loved this trail and can’t wait to go back.

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rocky
9 days ago

Super hard to know which direction to go. We definitely got off track a couple times. Definitely wouldn’t recommend small children or dogs. Gorgeous views!

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9 days ago

Trail was beautiful along the river. Cascades were very powerful and beautiful. The trail is in good shape, but there are places where footing is a bit difficult, especially when the trail is wet. Best to wear good hiking boots and poles.

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fee
9 days ago

Great trail to the waterfall and plenty of other trail opportunities to hike down. The waterfall was beautiful. 3 mile hike to the waterfall round trip so it wasn’t too bad. Will go back just to check out the other trails.

I didn't know where I would end up when I started driving and was pleasantly surprised to find this trail at the top of the falls - it was just perfect! If you love the sound of a rushing creek and seeing a new waterfall or cascade at every bend, then this is the trail for you. There are a ton of primitive campsites (view my recording waypoints) and was completely deserted on a Friday night (maybe the sub-freezing temps had a part in that). There are some narrow sections of trail with steep dropoffs and the switchbacks after the Wilderness sign are the most technically challenging section in my opinion. There was really only one true water crossing but I think there would have been more had we not been so dry lately. Everything shallow though. I thought the trail was going to end with no views but there's a treat before you turn around! Loved, loved, loved this trail. I'll be back in the summer for some cold creek swimming

Beautiful trail. The fall colors were breathtaking.

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rocky
14 days ago

Great hike - the water falls were pretty. Lots of creek crossings, climbing over and around fallen trees. Leaves are changing so it was a treat. Trekking poles were helpful for the ascent.

This is a fantastic hike. You cannot beat the gorgeous scenery from the balds! I hiked this last Wednesday with two friends, and we completed it in 8 hours. It is strenuous, but worth the effort. Didn’t see a lot of water, but then we did not stop at any shelter other than the Stan Murray. It was 34* when we began at Carver’s Gap in RMSP, and 56* when we reached 19E. We thought we were hiking 15 miles, based on the AT map. Not bad for three ladies 50-65! I’d hike it again.

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15 days ago

I liked the trail. But I like hiking beside rivers. Mostly flat, so not the best hike for a workout. But 5.7 miles is still 5.7 miles. Plus a little pore if you continue on at the end to the upper ocoee rafting launch site.

Great hike up from the Carvers Gap parking area to the summit of Round Bald. We had clear 360 degree views of the NC and TN side of Round Bald. This is a great hike for families.

The trail is rated moderate and this is correct. A great fall hike. We caught the leaves at peak. It gets a little rocky near the end but it is so worth it. I didn't want to leave. Plan to eat your snacks and relax a bit at Howards Rock!

Great hike! Best in the fall to see all the colors. The last 1.5-2 miles is rocky but well worth the views. Happy Hiking!

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rocky
16 days ago

awesome!

Parked on Long Creek Road. Trail head is on the right about a mile down LC Road. Pretty steep first few miles until you are on what looks like an old logging road. Then you come to an intersection, turn left (there is pink tape across the trail to the right). After a while there is a Y in the trail, turn right and follow the yellow blazes. Turned around a bit before the end due to weather

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blowdown
17 days ago

This trail is a great trail for a quick get away from Johnson City. There are subtle views and plenty of seclusion. The terrain is modest (aside from the steep climb at the start), however, some beginners may find it difficult to navigate without markings and/or GPS assistance. It offers some modest views, but an otherwise simple and peaceful trail. The Rustic Ridge Trail (northwestern part of the loop or first half moving clockwise) is in better condition than the Church Trail (southeastern half/back half moving clockwise). Be aware of your directions at the various unmarked intersections, but the trail is mostly intuitive to follow.

The falls is really beautiful, especially with the fall colors in late October. Went early afternoon on a friday and it was pretty quiet, only 3 other people enjoying the falls. Parking lot is really small and definitely can't fit many cars, but there is a private lot nearby where you can park for a dollar, seems to be based off the honors system. Lastly make sure you're able to climb over a 100 steps because it sure is steep going back up after the falls.

Moderate rating is accurate, waterfall is definitely worth it and if you hike up the steep trail to the right of Margaret and follow the creek a quarter mile there's another waterfall.

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rocky
scramble
17 days ago

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18 days ago

My pup and I saw a black bear and her two cubs!! So be aware if you head out here in the near future. Lots of food and scraps left around the falls. If you’re actually looking for an easy 4 mile hike, this is not it. If you head to the right (where you get about 3 miles of distance) the trail becomes extremely steep with a lot of loose rocks I almost fell multiple times going up and down. So I’m only giving it three stars. Even though the bear was AMAZING!!!

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no shade
18 days ago

If you want to go on a quick easy hike to have lunch with a view this is the place. It climbs quickly but once at the top it’s beautiful, you can see for miles especially on a clear day.

We hiked up to Jane Bald October 21, 2019 about 11 am. Skies were clear at the camping area of Roan Mountain State Park but by the time we got to the trail head at Carvers Gap it was socked in with low visibility and windy. The trail was great, well maintained with a mix of beautiful forest areas and grand balds. There were no views on the balds but the hike was one of the best, challenging enough with the weather and views of the start of autumn colors on the drive back down Roan Mountain.

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20 days ago

Yay! Water in the falls. Great easy hike!

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21 days ago

Very nice, easy hike. Level ground, no roots, right next to the river. Leaves were changing.

Easy hike out to the falls. Trail was mostly hard-packed dirt with areas of roots and rocks. He the opportunity to be the only ones at the falls for most of the time we were there. Recommend going early to beat the crowds. We passed several groups on our way out.

The trail is well marked and easy to follow. There are many small rocks in the trail and the rain the day before left some quite slippery but it was very passable. A 500 foot elevation change from the parking area added a bit of challenge to what would otherwise be a very easy walk for any able bodied adventurer. The Bald was absolutely deserted when we arrived and the fall colors were spectacular. Water is available in a lake which lays about 150 feet below the summit to the northwest. A beautiful place for an early fall picnic and one we will visit many times in the future!

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23 days ago

Super easy hike. Minimal water coming out at the falls but it's still decent.

Awesome. Not too hard great view. Nice breeze!

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