Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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
18 hours ago

This hike was intense! We have not been hiking in years and I decided to pick a hard hike  it kicked our butts! The view was gorgeous but we did not make it all the way to the top for the best views. We were pretty close but couldn’t push ourselves or one another to reach the top. What a great exercise!!

mountain biking
23 hours ago

very nice just don't. try to mountain bike it. seen lot of wild animals alongside the trail ...... oh yea the bridge is out as GPS rout takes you to trail head

Wow! What a trail. Made it up to the overlooks of the Hiawassee River. Strenuous, but doable. Beautiful views worth the effort. However, following the actual trail as shown on AllTrails was impossible. We found ourselves in thick brushes and vines with plenty of thorns going up trying to meet the trail as shown. Found us wandering around in the woods, crossing the imaginary trail 4 times, never able to identify it! Noticed later that all the recordings of this trail by hikers seems to be different every time. Loved what we saw on the bluff, but ended up looking like we lost a fight with barb wire 藍 Needs a sign or two to help a hiker keep out of trouble.

Top View of South Holston Lake

hiking
3 days ago

Went during the spring with some lingering snow. Be sure to bring boots that can get wet or find creative ways to jump across a small stream. Actual trail can be muddy, but not hard and you get to follow the stream all the way to a beautiful small waterfall with a shallow wading area.

As the others said, the trail is rather overgrown. About 3/4 mile in the trail gets pretty rough. If you’re out for scenery, take the right path up to Margarette Falls.

It has been raining for several days so we had the added challenge of mud/slippery areas along the hike. It would have been significantly more difficult had we not had walking sticks with us. The falls are absolutely beautiful and worth seeing, but when the reviews say the last 1/4 of the trail is difficult, they are not over stating it.

Rocky trail, but a fairly easy hike- even with a four year old. The falls are gorgeous.

Was a a tough climb and a lot steeper than I expected but it was a fun challenge and the view was more than worth it!

A very scenic hike up to Margarette Falls Not an easy hike but not very long either. A nice one hour in and out hike!! Will be back since it’s about two miles from my house!

A very nice trail. with some premitive camping spots, along the river.

hiking
8 days ago

The hike was rocky and steep a lot of the time. The waterfalls were a great bonus. The large falls at the end was thundering and multi tier. Great shorter hike. It’s a couple of miles out and then back. I’d definitely do it again.

Do not listen to the IOS directions in maps. Get on Clark’s creek rd and the trailhead will be on your left. Chigger branch and Buckeye Falls is down past that

Quick hike yet beautiful. Have been twice, once with show on the ground and today after 13 days of rain.... hasn’t disappointed me yet.

Trail was rocky but the payoff at the end was well worth it.

hiking
15 days ago

Went to the Falls today and it was amazing,great access,plenty of room,overall wonderful trail!!

I really enjoyed the hike. this is a great trip to get started on or back into (like myself).

seemed like a great trail, but only got to go a quarter mile in due to hiwassee flooding the trail making it unsafe. Will definitely try again soon.

hiking
17 days ago

Easy trail, stairs can be a little tricky but my 8 and 10 year old made it down with a little help. Kids loved the waterfall!

This hike was beautiful but a little tougher than I planned on. Also mileage I recorded was 13.5, every .5 mile counts. Beautiful at the summit.

Crosses the creek several times. Hard not to get wet feet especially with kids.

We have enjoyed this hike each time we do it. Our most interesting trip was in a major thunderstorm a little slick on the Rocks during that time.

on Sill Branch Falls

22 days ago

Great little hike. Pretty steep climb once you pass the creek, but totally worth it. My 3 toddlers under 5 years old walk it with no problem. The waterfall is beautiful!!

on Beech Gap to Bob Bald

hiking
22 days ago

My husband and I hiked this trail today. The road leading to the trail is gravel with lots of potholes. Somebody sure dug up many plants/roots along the road. When you reach the trail markers, Beech Gap is off to the right, a steep climb, plenty of grass, some roots and large rocks. The rhododendron bushes merge to create a tunnel for at least a half mile, and this is a beautiful mystical feel. The hike is rated moderate and that’s about right. We went out and back in 3 hours, including time for lunch and pictures at the Bald. My watch measured 7.5 miles. Excellent trail.

Did this hike twice. Both with children and a dog. beautiful views up top. nice areas to climb and children truly enjoyed. Be careful with drop offs with little ones and pets. Nice little river at bottom to hang out after the hike as well.

hiking
24 days ago

Very short, but a difficult hike. Definitely not a trail for anyone that has problems with very steep hillsides. Wear good shoes and enjoy the beauty!

Well worth the hike. Lovely not a hard hike at all was able to do it with my 2yr old granddaughter.

Beautiful hike! Love that you can hear the river throughout the first part of the hike.. beautiful falls. I used the address below to get there (1234 farmer road) and did t have any issues.. you’ll want to pull on the dirt road and follow that until the end.
*** Be careful driving on the dirt road, I saw a dead dog on the side of the road, not sure if it was hit by a car or attacked by some stray dogs I saw near the body.. definitely a somber start to a beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

I've heard about compressions for years but finally made it out. The waterfall seems a lot bigger in person than in pictures. The hike itself is pretty brutal on the way back up but it's short. Nice swimming holes and places to hangout. Totally worth it

hiking
1 month ago

I came across (3) Black bears about two miles in. They were looking for berries.

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