Explore the most popular Camping 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
6 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
7 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
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.

hiking
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
10 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

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.

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!

hiking
rocky
17 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

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.

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rocky
scramble
18 days ago

hiking
21 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.

hiking
24 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!

Beautiful day for a hike! Well maintained trail. Like previous reviews, easy going until the steps down to the falls. Just paced myself on the way back up from the falls. Well worth the trip.

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!

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

Beautiful hike through the woods. The trail is pretty easy and flat until the descent to the falls.

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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rocky
1 month ago

It’s awesome. Great views and picture opportunities. We went today and the chain rope actually snapped on some guy there. So do not rely on it. I just reported the broken chain to the ranger station. They said people aren’t supposed to lean on those. This is as you walk up from the parking lot at the Bald River Falls.

Googled where I could hike with kids. It said this place. There were so many creek crossings. I think the only reason the kids loved it. I had my dog with me and he got to run in and out of the creeks. I only hiked 30 minutes in and turned around. Mainly because I got creeped out. The kids and I kept walking into spider webs. Its beautiful to hike. I just got scared and just decided to turn around.

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