Bradley Fork and Chasteen Creek Loop Trail

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Bradley Fork and Chasteen Creek Loop Trail is a 16.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length16.6 miElevation gain3,556 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyBackpackingCampingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingRunningBeachForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyNo dogs
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Jean Hampton
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Aimee Quillen
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Marcelle Wunderlich
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Pros: Mountain views when hiked during fall/winter/early spring. Also. Chasteen Creek is a pretty, energetic creek with a few small falls. Cons: The footing was challenging at times between the stones and leaf litter.

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Adrianna McCord
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Linda Burdick
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Great trail, maintained and flavored with the scent of horses!

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David Cernock
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Trail was in overall very good shape. Spent two nights out just making this a leisurely weekend of seclusion. Aside from right by the trailhead only saw a total of three people. One section between campsite 48 and Hughes ridge was covered on baseball sized rocks which was less than fun. Otherwise great trip with easy water access. Oh, and a bear sighting which made the trip!

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KEITH TAYLOR
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Rick Glisson
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Chris Mobley
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Bradley Fork is one of our go to trails for a nice relaxing stroll along the creek year round. Chasteen Creek trail is a nice scenic hike as well, though once past the cascades it increases upwards to a pretty good workout before getting to Hughes Ridge Trail.

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Amanda Altman
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My husband, 8-year-old son hiked to the Chasteen Creek Cascade. We began with the Bradley v Fork Trail from the Smokemont Campground. The trailhead is located in section D of the campground. At the time of our hike (mid-April), only sections A & B were open. He had to park in section B and walk 4 tenths of a mile to the trailhead. According to the app on my phone (map my hike), the Chasteen River cascades is 1.96 miles from the beginning if the Bradley Fork Trail. Go straight through the first junction. The trail on the right goes to a horse stable. WARNING!!! This trail is used by horses and you will have to watch your step. (There were A LOT of droppings when we hiked this trail, which is why I only have it 4 stars) Stay on Bradley Fork Trail until you get to the Chasteen Creek Trail junction, then turn right. This junction comes after crossing a bridge that goes over the Chasteen Creek. You will know you are close to the cascade when you come across a house hitching post. The trail will then dead-end and you will notice a very narrow and steep trail to the right. Take this trail. It will only take you about (I estimate) 50 yards or so before you begin to see the falls.It was a lovely hike on a relatively wide and level trail. There is a view of the creek for most of the hike. There were 3 tiny waterfalls on the way and plenty of wildflowers. The Chasteen Creek Cascade itself is a small falls, but very picturesque with a nice viewing area ideal for a picnic.

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Marie Church
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Debbie Gerlach
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TruthTrekker Peoples
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Charlotte King
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Jason Rolader
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Jason Rolader
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Jason Rolader
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Spencer Muse
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Mark Aspland
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Jake Smith
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Spencer Muse
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Paula Hill
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Andi Marvel
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Brian Pilcher
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Stephen Heyward
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Bill Evans
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Donna Regis
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Spiro Skias
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