Kanati Fork Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.

5.4 miles
2,083 feet
Out & Back


trail running

wild flowers



washed out

no dogs

2000+ foot climb if hiking from US Hwy 441 up to Thomas Divide.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Do this trail in late April or early May when the wildflowers are blooming. I saw some trillium during my hike and a few other flowers. I think I only hiked maybe 2 or 3 miles in and turned around since there was only elevation and no actual views.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hiked the Thomas Divide Trail from Newfound Gap Road turning down the Kanati Fork Trail back to Newfound Gap Road and back. The "and back" part was an elevation gain of 2200 feet. I hiked this one as an alternate because Clingman's Dome Road had not yet opened for the season. You have to love hiking in the Smokies to appreciate this trail. Happy to check it off but probably wouldn't repeat.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Much easier going downhill.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Covered in wildflowers in April!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Did the trail point to point. Challenging ascent, buggy but really nice. Great wildflowers even in July. Parts of the trail were very narrow and unstable. Several substantial logs across the trail.

There is no view or vista at the top, but the workout was challenging and pleasant. 2 hours up, 1.5 down.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Did this last fall and it was very slippery with a lot of side hills. Could use some work on some of the side ridges. Overall good hike and I did it down from Thomas it would have been better hiking up!

Monday, January 14, 2013

I knocked out the Kanati Fork Trail in conjunction with 1.8 miles of the Thomas Divide Trail. Kanati isn't traveled very often, and it was apparent. But, it was a pleasant trip (we hiked down from Thomas Divide rather than up).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017