Oconaluftee River Trail

EASY 45 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
19 days ago

We've done this trail a few times because we bring our dog to North Carolina with us and this is one of two trails in the Smokies that allows dogs. This is a very easy 3 mile total trip mostly along the water. There are a few spots you can stop off to let your dog swim and splash around in the river. Much prefer taking our dog to Pisgah since there are "real" hikes there rather than just walks and there are no restrictions on bringing your dog. Wish the Smokies would allow dogs, for this reason we will almost always go to Pisgah instead.

1 month ago

Great hike with our 2 dogs along the river and through the forest. Even a few areas that you or your pooches can refresh in the river.1 of only 2 hikes in Great Smoky Mountains that you can bring your dogs. It is located just outside Cherokee, NC.

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2 months ago

Very peaceful, super easy hike. We didn't see much wildlife, but we hiked it in the middle of the day. Appropriate for even the out of shape hiker.

hiking
3 months ago

Great family trail.

3 months ago

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

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Wide flat path along the river. Saw elk

walking
5 months ago

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

walking
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hiking
9 months ago