Smokemont Self-Guided Nature Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Waynesville, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length0.6 miElevation gain157 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 20, 2021
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A nice short night hike

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 15, 2021
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Fun short hike! It is great for kids!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 18, 2021
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 1, 2020
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easy nature trails

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 6, 2020
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Quick skirt around a mountain. Good for a little leg stretch.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 19, 2020
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Smokemont loop in nature trail together

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 16, 2020
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Great trail. Well shaded, lots of great fauna. We went around noon and did not see another hiker the entire short hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 7, 2020
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This hike surprisingly had a very steep incline. It is a short, but beautiful trail right next to the river. I would suggest following the trail guides and move counter-clockwise. It is well-maintained trail, so you will not need to use your GPS. Treat yourself to a nice walk in the shallow water. PS: If you are staying at Smokemont Campground, this is a great place to collect wood for your fire.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 11, 2020
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Mostly wooded, looks like it gets very little traffic but not at all overgrown. Lovely short walk with just a bit of ups and downs.

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Pretty good incline at beginning of trail. Footbridge when you enter the trail was very shakey but there were bad rapids under it. Trail was muddy and slick when we went. Saw turkeys,nice quiet walk.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 28, 2019
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Did the trail counter-clockwise. Steep incline for half the trail then down hill the rest of the way. Crosses two fun and unique bridges. Very little wildlife but the sound of water nearby is very relaxing.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 8, 2019
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Nice short hike. Steep climb. You will appreciate hiking boots and poles. Long log bridge over creek. Near end of loop, counterclockwise as the trail signs point, look for the remains of a huge chestnut tree on the left of trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 7, 2019

GREAT Family trail. My daughter (7yo) wanted to do it twice in a row. It’s the perfect quick trail of you are staying at Smokemont campground. Decent incline once to cross the river but it evens out and is gentle on the way down.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 4, 2018
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Great family hike. Mine hiked it and liked it. Kids were 6 and 9. Overall safe but at the top there are sketchy drops parents might want to helicopter in near their youngest as they pass by.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 14, 2021
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