Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Cherokee 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.

hiking
8 days ago

Great trail a lot of sand and rocks and leaves down hill all the way but the last 300 yards are the most spectacular there’s a great handrail going down about 3/4 of the steps and then they also have stone steps all the way down my dogs loved it I did as well

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over grown
9 days ago

Beautiful trail along Coker creek which has several lovely cascading waterfalls. We started at the falls end of the trail. Experienced several fallen trees across the trail which initially was not a problem til we got in about 2 miles where there was a huge fallen tree across the trail. The root ball was over the trail requiring a bit of a challenge to pass. The detour was a steep narrow climb which we decided not to do. Disappointed we couldn’t finish but glad we got to see the falls

hiking
10 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.

hiking
11 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
11 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.

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
17 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.

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
19 days ago

awesome!

hiking
21 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
21 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.

hiking
23 days ago

Yay! Water in the falls. Great easy hike!

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!

hiking
25 days ago

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

Great trail with a nice waterfall at the end. We took 4 kids between the ages of 3-10 and no one had any issues.

the views and scenery are beautiful, however, I will say this trail is probably closer to 18 miles according to everyones wearables, than the 14 miles that was listed online before we left. There we're only 2 main campsites on this portion of the trail. We hiked about 6.5 miles in the first day to the campsite at the Over Mountain Shelter at yellow Mountain Gap (red Barn). The next day we went about 8 miles, over a couple mountains to the next campsite at the Doll Flats, and then 4 miles out to 19E the last day. Both locations had water access and campfire sites. Unfortunately, we we're at the second campsite with a large group of boys scouts whose leaders woke them up at 4 or 5am by yelling and talking loudly, waking up everyone in and around the campsite (very frustrating when you're tired and sore from carrying heavy packs for 2 days). Other than that it was very nice. If you're looking to hike a few miles into a campsite and stay for a couple days, the hike in from 19E to the Doll Flats site is a nice shaded hike through the bush and is only about 4 miles. If you do the whole trail, just be prepared...it is a pretty strenuous hike if you're carrying a heavy load. Overall it was very beautiful, but very tiring!

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rocky
1 month ago

A heck of a hike. Steep mountainside, I had to rest three times on the way back up. The drive there was just as hilly and long. It’s relatively short and the waterfall made it all worth it. We saw a bunch of crawfish in between the rocks. Make sure you GO RIGHT when the road splits. The sign says 34A or something like that. Then at the dead end the trail is marked 170 on your left.

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rocky
1 month ago

Wonderful first hike in Tennessee. The first part of the wall crossing the creek was cool, with a bridge for easy access or you could hop the rocks across. Second part of the hike leads to an awesome swim hole with a waterfall. We didn’t have time to go further but this hike really lets you interact with the water. Bring a bathing suit if you go in the summertime.

just returned with scout troop mainly 12 year old boys backpacking. trail was nice well marked, conditions very dry water only at the red barn and doll flats! had to carry extra water which was a challenge views are amazing, great time with some great young men of troop 97

Nice trail with some 360 views and not too many people

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail rocky incline scramble down to the waterfall but awesome adventure

We only did the first 1.5 miles up and wife had to turn around. I was a good challenge for the first hike of the year (shame on us).

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