The Gobbler Loop is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Murphy, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length6.2 miElevation gain695 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingRunningDog friendlyForest
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A more challenging companion to the shorter Grape Smuggler Trail, the Gobbler will take you on a circuit around the Piney Knob watershed area. The woods are thick along the easy trail and it doesn't afford any spectacular vistas. The entire trail is below the ridges of the surrounding hilltops.

Google maps tells you to turn right at a road with no trespassing signs. Those directions are not correct, continue straight onto the paved road and you’ll soon see a sign saying the trailhead is ahead.

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judy gainer
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Anna McSwain
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Mary Mainguy
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Hiking

Nice trail. A lot of interesting turns under great canopy trees

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keith adams
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Hiking

this is a nice trail. there are not any spectacular views of anything, but it is a beautiful walk through the woods. the trail is rated moderate, but I would classify it as easy as the trails are smooth and there are no real challenges on them other than distance. We did the 5 mile loop and brought a lunch to eat, but there really wasn't anywhere nice to stop and enjoy a lunch unless you stood on the trail. as the directions to get here say, don't turn when Google tells you to, keep going straight. the road is narrow (only room for one vehicle), so it is a bit of a challenge when a car approaches from the opposite direction. the road is rough on the way in, but is doable with a car...just take it slow. an suv is preferable.

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Roxann Edsall
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Hiking

Great trail! Well maintained and clearly marked. Don’t wait for a picturesque spot to eat your lunch. No scenic overlooks.

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Gary Margolias
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John Lewis
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Trail in good condition. Great use of dips to control water run off.

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j c
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j c
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This was an off trail exploration

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Nathalia Herrera
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Hiking

Gobbler trail for 6.8 miles in 3hrs. Best experience ever in the Appalachians

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Candice Seiger
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Hiking

Total trail miles from parking area is 6.1. The road looks like it has been recently maintained. There are now portions that are paved. Any vehicle should be able to drive to the parking area. If following Google Maps, when turning from the main road go straight onto the new black pavement. Google Maps says to turn right and that is incorrect. When Google Maps says "you've arrived" keep driving to the parking area.

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Joe Blow
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Paul Wilson
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RunningOff trailRockyWashed out

I drive on some pretty sketchy roads and I drive a newer ProMaster and this road I wouldn't attempt to get to the top of. It was one mile back to the trail and I had to turn around a 21-ft ProMaster and come back down. I did not make it all the way to the top if the road was better maintained I would definitely have made it but it's a fairly steep incline even a smaller two-wheel drive car would be fine probably but sorry I wish...

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Re Co
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HikingGreat!

This recording includes hiking the entrance road as far as the entrance road is not in such a good shape for normal vehicles. The Gobbler is a nice very quiet trail with jungle feeling guaranteed. No views just a nice trail with excellent indications.

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Jim Karels
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In good late summer shape

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Alexandra Pate
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Heavily wooded trail, didn’t see anyone except some mountain bikers that we had seen pull up at the trailhead. Great hike, pretty cleared out. No views but a great hike. Road leading up was kind of difficult.

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Jim Karels
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Hiking

Very nice trail condition. Only met two hikers entire loop. Trail is more like 6.9 miles in total length.

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Amy SmithFrazier
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Hiking

3 novice hikers-age range 10-70, enjoyable trail. Vehicle to trail, around and back we got in 6.75 miles. Some loose rocks and infrequent tree roots, certainly not flat so a little more than “easy” but I would call it entry level hiking for this area. Worth repeating.

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Dirk Jock Dirksen.
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Bike touring

Moderately difficult Trail. Start of the Trail is the toughest part as it is a moderate ascent. Even some experienced Trail Bike Riders may have to walk up their bike in some sections. On the descent you can encounter some rocky and winding curves. if you take the counterclockwise route their is a sharp descending turn at about the 1 Mile point which unexpectedly appears. Nice Trail overall. Seen several Squirrels and a few Lizards and possibly a Rabbit. This should be a requirement for all Cherokee County School Children to hike at least once a year. Posted a You Tube Video of this Trail.

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Jake Black
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Hiking

Great trail.

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Joshua Vaught
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Hiking

My family and I hiked the loop and it was a nice walk in the woods. Everyone had a good time.

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William Wynne
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Nice long walk in the woods

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Chris Savage
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Hiking

Good easy loop through woodlands. Not much up and down. Washed out, somewhat rutted road to get there.

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Chase Wells
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Hiking

I thought this was a great trail. Well maintained. There aren't any spectacular views or features, just some streams since this used to be the town watershed. My father (68) and I walked it. It doesn't get very steep. As for the access road, there were some people there in a Prius--it might have bottomed out in places but it's not that bad when it's dry.

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Kelli Mitchell
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Hiking

Gobbler Loop is a longer variation than Grape Smuggler. Super clean trail. Minimal human interaction! Very relaxing. There were signs throughout telling you how far you had till the end. The gravel road is a challenge! The first half mile is the hardest on your vehicle! Don’t give up, when you make it past there, it gets easier!

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David Eads
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My dog and I did this today and loved it. The only other soul was a mountain biker doing a few laps. I saw him only twice. It was peaceful and fun. There’s plenty of water going in/out but you’re up higher on this trail so there’s little water for dogs. There’s a surprising amount of variation of plants and terrain. BTW - The drive up can be challenging. I made it twice in my rented Nissan Sentra, but a 4x4 is more appropriate.

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Rogelio Velez
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Running

To reach trail head 4x4 or AWD a must. Excellent for trail running, 3-4 for hiking. Even after rain minimal mud.

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Larry Bentley
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Hiking

Nice trail, was a little muddy not bad. you do need or should have a truck to get the site.

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