Oconaluftee River Trail

EASY 37 reviews

Oconaluftee River Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
88 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Oconaluftee River Trail is one of two walking paths on which visitors can walk dogs and bicycle. It is relatively flat, but does have a few small hills. The trail runs from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center through the forest along side the Oconaluftee River and offers beautiful views of the river.

hiking
8 days ago

Great family trail.

22 days ago

Easy hike and we could take the dogs with us!!!

Done it a few times and have seen elk, otters and more.

1 month ago

Easy hike with kids and and dog, plenty of spots to stop and enjoy the river.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Very easy trail. Great for dogs. Elk were spotted across the river.

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Wide flat path along the river. Saw elk

walking
2 months ago

We took our pup on this trail and she absolutely loved it. So much to explore!

walking
2 months ago

walking
2 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice walking trail along the river.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

After a wonderful and long day hiking in the mountains, I ended on this flat and easy trail just inside GSMNP. It is beautiful with the large meadow by the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm Museum, the pretty river views and the surrounding hills. I even saw several elk resting on the edge of the meadow!

hiking
7 months ago

easy smooth path. shared with cycling and dogs.

7 months ago

super easy very flat nice for a 3 mile trail run.

8 months ago

8 months ago