Little Cataloochee Trail

MODERATE 38 reviews

Little Cataloochee Trail is a 10.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waynesville, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, horses, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,345 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

rocky

snow

no dogs

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1 month ago

This trail is a great one for seeing the old cabins and the church and graveyard. Also fun if you can get a ride to the trailhead and continue all the way to the school in Big Cataloochee. On this day we saw a bear that wouldn’t move off the trail. Fortunately we were at a loop where we could cut up a slope and avoid the bear.

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2 months ago

This was an awesome hike!! I missed a turn and ended up starting this hike from the South end. It was no easy task hiking the mountain, but... if not for a wrong turn, I wouldn't have gotten to see a Momma bear and two cubs. Pretty awesome!! Also got to see tons of Elk in the fields beside the old schoolhouse. This trial isn't blazed. In the heavy leafs you had to read the trail in spots. Once down to the Cook Cabin, its a service road to the other end. My hats off to the park service for the awesome effort in keeping the church and cabins in perfect condition. Simply beautiful. I will be back to this trail. So much history to see. Several pictures in my recording.

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blowdown
bridge out
bugs
closed
muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
private property
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
7 months ago

From North end, hiked to the Cook Cabin (great great grandfather) and returned - 5.8 miles total. There is a lot of up and down, but turning around at the Cook Cabin avoided the worst of the elevation and made it possible for this out of shape 60 year old to make it back.

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Fri Nov 30 2018

Wife & I started at the north end of the trail (at NC 284) and hiked to the Dan Cook Cabin and back for a total distance of 5.2 miles. We found this cabin to be particularly scenic and a nice quiet spot to sit on the porch and relax before beginning our return to the trailhead. This trail includes a couple of moderately steep grades. The Little Cataloochee Baptist Church was definitely the highlight of this hike for us. (Wife enjoyed ringing the steeple bell!) The John Jackson Hannah Cabin – just off the main trail – is also worth taking a few minutes to explore. Glad to see so many of these historic structures being maintained. The drive to the trailhead on the narrow, winding backroad was a treat in itself, especially after a dusting of snow the night before. Park on side of road at trailhead (but don’t block gate). As always, carry – and drink – plenty of water, and take some energy snacks to enjoy along the way. Even though much of this trail is shaded, sunscreen is never a bad idea. And bug spray is probably advisable during the warmer months.

Mon Nov 12 2018

Tree down at the beginning! Beautiful trail

hiking
Wed Jul 04 2018

Beautiful day to hike! lots of butterfly, wildflowers blooming, mountain laural looking spectacular. Hiking along the river is just sublime. A great way to get away from the humidity as well as the hustle & bustle of everyday living. This is my happy place! Great trail!

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Wed May 16 2018

nice flat trails for the most part, very lush vegetation. unfortunately, we didn't get to see the elk. bummer. we did see tons of wild turkeys. creeks are beautiful, a bit buggy in the bottoms. crazy ride to get there on hairpin turns on steep gravel roads, but, very worth it.

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Thu Apr 05 2018

Family hike to Davison Gap In and out about 8miles. Plenty of stream crossings but a good and moderately strenuous trail for the early season legs.continuing down the gap would have gotten us to a few cabins for viewing, but stopped here rather than continuing.

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Sun Dec 31 2017

Love this trail and all the history!!!

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Thu Oct 26 2017

I have mixed feelings about this trail. It is a matter of which way you hike. Leaving from CATALOOCHEE it is harder. If you are only hiking it to see the buildings you are better off hiking from other end. Buildings are well maintained and worth the time to explore.

Sun Sep 03 2017

Wonderful trail. I would rate Easy to Moderate. Great views all the way.

Mon May 08 2017

Great wildlife viewing all while walking in human history! Start at Old 284 road.

Wed Oct 26 2016

I did not like this trail mainly because of so many loose rocks.

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