Appalachian Trail: Nantahala River to Cheoah Bald

HARD 11 reviews
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Appalachian Trail: Nantahala River to Cheoah Bald is a 17.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bryson City, North Carolina that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5866 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

hot springs

views

wild flowers

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2 months ago

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4 months ago

THIS IS A TOUGH HIKE. Many people you talk to will say this is easily one of the hardest parts of the AT. With that said, the peak of this hike has an amazing view, and it's totally worth hiking there from NOC. Be prepared with tons of water and snacks if it's a day-hike. You'll need it. Happy hiking!

hiking
9 months ago

(Other than wondering around Clingman's Dome this was my first encounter with the Appalachian Trail.) Three of us hiked from the Nantahala Outdoor Center north about 2.5 miles into the Appalachian trail, turned around and hiked back. This is the reason I want to start section hiking the "AT", it's absolutely beautiful! This trail walks you up from the road to about 400 feet (when we turned around) and is in excellent shape. It's a clearly hiked path and a very nice workout. I would suggest this to anyone that is not familiar with hiking mostly because, well, it's more than a walk into the woods. The rocks formations, the view, the landscape, are all unbelievable. Park your car by the center and make a day trip out of it, I'll be back for sure.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

All down hill fro the bald where we started. Thought I had hit record. It was 9.1 mile steep downhill to the NOC . Nic change from mostly uphill from Fontana Dam. We went 29 miles in 4 days and 3 nights. Pretty tough especially the stretch up to the bald . It was killer but the view was out of this world .the NOC was great . Good hike but feet, knees and hips are sore.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Sunday, August 04, 2013