Best trails in Cherokee

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Looking for a great trail near Cherokee, North Carolina? AllTrails has 52 great hiking trails, running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pinnacle Park or Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 23 moderate trails in Cherokee ranging from 1.3 to 21 miles and from 1,820 to 6,548 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Mingo Falls Trail
Cherokee, North Carolina
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 11 m
Mingo Falls is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation (Qualla Boundary), just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. No special permits are required for access to the reservation. At 120 feet tall, Show more
#2 - Kephart Shelter via Kephart Prong Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
A nice wide path leads along the Kephart Prong (creek). Moderate uphill. Excellent for kids.Show more
#3 - Oconaluftee River Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
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 VisitorShow more
#4 - Forney Ridge Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 6 h 11 m
Forney Ridge Trail is a 11.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily usedShow more
#5 - Charlies Bunion via Kephart Loop
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 14.8 mi • Est. 8 h 3 m
Avoid the crowds to this scenic overlook. This challenging hike offers an alternative route to Charlies Bunion to avoid the crowds of Newfound Gap. The first 2 mi is a nice stroll through the area ofShow more
#6 - Smokemont Loop Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
Smokemont Loop Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of acShow more
#7 - Silers Bald Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 5 h 7 m
Silers Bald Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number ofShow more
#8 - Appalachian Trail: Charlie's Bunion and Kephart Loop
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 16.4 mi • Est. 9 h 41 m
Appalachian Trail: Charlie's Bunion and Kephart Loop is a 16.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The traiShow more
#9 - Silers Bald and Forney Creek Loop Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 18.6 mi • Est. 11 h 1 m
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 thShow more
#10 - Mount LeConte and Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls via Appalachian Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 31.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
Mount LeConte and Rainbow Falls and Grotto Falls via Appalachian Trail is a 31.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as dShow more
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