Sycamore Trail from Pheasant Field to Mud Gap Road

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Cherokee National Forest

Sycamore Trail from Pheasant Field to Mud Gap Road is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Robbinsville, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,175 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers

As of May 2020, the trail may be closed temporarily. Please check with the park before visiting. This follows an old logging road southbound in a gradual decline. Plenty of water available from a parallel creek most of the way.

1 month ago

When we got there on 1 May, the trail was closed, so can someone please make a post once it's open again? I would really love to hike here.

1 month ago

If you like wildflowers and beautiful mountain streams this trail is for you! Gentle climb to the end if you want the distance and elevation gain, otherwise you can turn back where it departs from the creek.

over grown
11 months ago

There are bears all over this trail, also the bugs in the warmer months are similar to the fly plague mentioned in the Bible

Tue Aug 21 2018

Part of the Benton MacKaye Trail. Pretty stream side trail. Old logging road which gives it the moderate steady incline which is nice. Follows the creek for a couple of miles then turns left away for the creek. Ends at Sycamore Road. Turn right on the road to continue on the Benton MacKaye Trail toward Whig Meadow and the Skyway or left will take you to the North River Road. Last time I did this trail, I meet a young Black Bear coming out of the creek. So be aware.

1 month ago

Thu Feb 08 2018