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Cherokee, North Carolina Map

A beautiful hike! steady uphill, so a good calorie burning trail. Took about 3 hours and my husband and I are beginner hikers so I am sure it could be done faster, but not sure I would was very peaceful. Hoping to go back and use the shelter overnight.

Wide flat path along the river. Saw elk

We took our pup on this trail and she absolutely loved it. So much to explore!

Didn't complete the entire duration but this section of the Nat Park is hands down my favorite.

29 days ago

Depending where you start. Main trailhead is in Cherokee NC and goes for 20 miles. Peak is usually busy with a lot of people during the weekends. Trail is well maintained overall for a busy trail such as this. Looking forward to the spring to climb again.

this was my first time in the great smokies. the first 3 or so miles of this hike are pretty mellow, with beautiful river crossings and awesome scenery. as we got to the 4th mile, we ran into some pretty gnarly ridges, but it was nothing we couldn't handle. we camped at site 59 and hung out for two nights, beautiful site next to deep creek. overall, it was a nice and tranquil hike, but it was more intense that we thought it would be. I would rank this a moderate hike.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Amazing views, and plenty of space to explore without feeling jammed like the parking lot a few miles back. Great vista views 360!degrees in some areas. Can't wait to hike this next week, first time it was 80 degrees, I like it a bit cooler.