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Best trails in Cherokee National Forest

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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 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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#1 - 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 loShow more
#2 - Margarette Falls Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
Margarette Falls Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Greeneville, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#3 - 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
#4 - Turtletown Falls Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 41 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. YouShow more
#5 - Bald River Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 4 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
Laurel Falls via Appalachian Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hampton, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number Show more
#7 - Rock Creek Trail
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
Rock Creek Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Erwin, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, Show more
#8 - Rock Creek Falls
Cherokee National Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
This route follows the Scenic Spur Trail to the Rock Creek Falls. These falls go by several names including: Rock Creek Falls, Rainbow Falls, Rattlesnake Falls, and Falls of the Scenic Spur. Either waShow 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 - 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 leShow more
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