Silers Bald and Forney Creek Loop Trail

HARD 10 reviews

Silers Bald and Forney Creek Loop Trail is a 18.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
18.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

washed out

no dogs

Views from the AT and cascades highlight this backpack trip Your hike will begin on the Forney Ridge Trail but after 0.1 mi take Clingmans Bypass Trail to the right. This trail will intersect with the AT in 0.5 mi then turn left on AT. From Mt Buckley you will descend over 1000' but have your camera ready for there are many fine views over the next 3.8 mi. Turn left on Welch Ridge Trail. This will provide easy ridge walking and keep an eye to your left in the blueberry patches and you might be lucky enough to see a few bears enjoying this flat grassy area. Just pass the Hazel Creek Trail is Jonas Creek Trail to the left. From here you descend over 2000' and before reaching Campsite #70 (home for the night) you may have a few creek crossing to rock hop. Day 2 will be a test as you gain over 4000' in the next 8.5 mi from Forney Creek Trail to Forney Ridge Trail. It is very scenic with streams and cascades so take your time and enjoy. When you finally intersect with the Forney Ridge Trail turn right for the last climb out.

backpacking
24 days ago

What a great trail! if you are looking for a good trail to prepare yourself for a multiweek trail hike, this is it. I would not advice anyone with minimal or intermediate experience to take on this trail. this trail will really test your limits and your gear to the fullist. Before you go out also check to see how much rainfall has come down the past week. the creeks you will cross will swell up even with the slightest rain. (You cross about 18 creeks in all I believe). Once you get to the last 8 miles your gonna be climbing straight up the whole time. stay hydrated and energized. all in all it was a awesome trail and very rewarding once you finish!

fishing
2 months ago

2 months ago

I want to give this loop 5 stars. We got rained on for 48 hours straight. The creeks swelled and made the crossings damn near impassible. Brutal boots off conditions in fast water. This hike tested my limits and my gear.

If they're calling for rain, do yourself a favor and reschedule this one.

backpacking
4 months ago

What a great loop! We got to the parking lot around 12 noon and took a stroll to the DOME to enjoy the view and warm up our legs a little. There was still some some snow on the ground which made the first mile a little tricky but as soon as we really started to drop in elevation the snow was all gone. We continued to back country camp site 69 which was a great place to stay. We had multiple river crossing and were ready to stop by the time we reached camp. Camp 69 has a couple places to hang but we set up camp to the left close to the river. We used the fire ring and the area close to it to prepare meals and hang out. There are two bear bag hangs. The next day we continued down hill wth two or three more river crossings before reaching camp site 70. This would be a great place to stay if you have a tent and or get on the trail a little earlier than we did. From camp site 70 you will head UP HILL for most of the day. It was a brutal day but when we finally got to the ridge line it was all worth it. We finally intersected the AT with our shelter about 1.7 away and a little over 4 to the parking lot. When we got to the shelter it was VERY crowded and we decided to push it back to the car and get a Wendy's Frosty. We had a great time and this loop trail was physically challenging for my 16 year old daughter high school soccer player and my self but the one on one time with her was well worth it!

6 months ago

9 months ago

fun over all and amazing views to be seen

10 months ago

truly beyond experience/expert level. even as an experienced hiker this will test your endurance.

hiking
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Breathtaking scenery! I higky recommend getting some experience before hiking this and plan for rest time the next day. The steep trails and rocky terrain made it rough, but so worth it when you get to the bottom. We stayed at 68A and the water slide is awesome. The water was freezing even in July! If you can get there early enough, there is a good spot to set up right on the water that gives you a little more privacy. Worth the sore muscles in every way!!!!

camping
Monday, March 21, 2016

One of my favorite trails in Appalachian country. Started by going up to Clingman's Dome then took a portion of the AT until you hit a couple trails leading to this one. Absolutely stunning scenery wise, incredible workout as well. Did two nights backpacking in here. Didn't complete the entire loop, but did plenty of exploring on and off trail. Wildlife was incredible but sparse, sitting in a canopy of trees for two days was so rewarding with the steep inclines and declines. Highly recommended, though this is not an easy trail by any means. Be prepared when hiking or backpacking here.

hiking
Thursday, May 31, 2012

This is an extremely beautiful trail that plunges you right into the virgin steep terrain of the GSMNP. This is a very difficult trail even for experienced hikers. Please take caution attempting this trail. There are very steep grades and if you lost your footing on a lot of parts, you could have a steep and fatal fall.