Explore the most popular birding trails near Cherokee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Family stopped for restroom break. Saw about 15 elk, really cool experience.

on Mingo Falls Trail

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful waterfall, very tall and powerful. Easy hike to it except it is a lot of stairs in the beginning. No bathrooms so go before you even drive there. Muddy at some points so don’t wear your brand new shoes as we saw several had on.

Beautiful flaming azaleas on the bald!

A good trail that constantly goes upward. We didn't see a soul on the trail. Be warned, the fire tower is locked behind a gate with no trespassing and construction signs. It seems our public land is now being controlled by a corporation (Verizon lock on gate).

hiking
21 days ago

Love this trail! A little muddy today, but the falls were flowing beautifully!

This walk was very easy, flat terrain, dog friendly. The trail goes along the river, very pretty. We passed multiple other dogs and there's a close road to the trail so I reccomend keeping your dog on a leash. We started the hike at the beginning of Blue Ridge Pkwy and went down to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park sign, took a photo and came back.

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful waterfall! The trail is short and starts out with a lot of stairs but not too bad. dog friendly as well.

Good for beginners and our dog loved it! Walk to the very end to get a picture with the Smoky Mountains sign. There is a bit of traffic noise, but overall good experience!

hiking
1 month ago

We first hiked up to Clingmans Dome and from there to Andrews Bald. About 5 miles round trip. We were already tired by the time we got to the Andrews Bald trailhead from coming down all the rocks along the trail then going up up up then down then up. Lol Next time I would just start at the Andrews bald trail head from the parking lot. The scenery at the top of Andrews bald was just as beautiful as the one from the parking lot or from Clingmans Dome. But it was a beautiful hike.

walking
1 month ago

moderate traffic and well maintained. However it is rather close to the road and there's a lot of traffic noise.

2 months ago

Very short hike, but steep going up the steps. Every person we saw on the way up said it was worth the climb and it absolutely was. I haven’t seen very many falls to have much to compare it to, but it did have that...WOW this is so awesome effect on us both. We even saw some people on their way back down, who had made it to the falls in flip flops, which I would not recommend, as it can be slick on the rocks after the steps part of the climb. I’d go again if in the area.

Great hike! Very challenging ascent but worth while views when you get to the Bunion. Not well traveled so you won’t see too many other hikers until you get to the AT.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. Trail repairs very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike up to the Falls with a breathtaking view. It is mostly steps which makes it possible for all levels. Bench area midway for rest.

trail running
2 months ago

Due to time, I could only do an hour so I did an out and back Starting from the north part of the campground. The trail was just starting to get interesting at my turnaround point, it was hard not to just keep going! Can’t wait to return and do the whole thing.

the most beautiful falls in a short hike. steep- but the steps are very helpful. past the stairs can be muddy and lots of roots and rocks, but with a walking stick it can help you navigate and is very simple. a wonderful bridge is at the top to see the sight. the view never gets old.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice short hike to a beautiful waterfall. The steps are well built with hand rails but I recommend a walking stick for added stability.

Follows the river, but heavily trafficked (with people and dogs) and lots of road noise.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike offered very steep uphill climbing with lots of steps. Easy access off the road. Perfect for a quick, short hike.

Trail is pretty boring but great to take the dogs or if you have any elderly relatives with you. We enjoyed the scenic views by the river and getting to take a picture with the National Park sign.

it's a two if you were looking to extend hike to road prong trail and on two chimney tops. from trail head it goes down whole way, so does road prong. if you don't have a ride at chimney tops trail head then you have to walk up for miles to get back. forest is ok. in summer water falls would be cool hangouts to swim and hike rating would go up to 3.5. I won't do it again.

Love this trail! The fir trees are gorgeous!

on Andrews Bald Trail

3 months ago

one of my favorite hikes. very whimsical and magical forrest scenes

hiking
3 months ago

This quick jaunt is well worth the beautiful falls!! Climb 158 steps (we counted) up from the parking area and over to a little bridge where you can look up the falls. They were flowing well today. Thankful for the tribe's upkeep and sharing of this gem.

3 months ago

Nice early morning hike to Andrews Bald. We beat the crowds but missed the views because of fog. Had breakfast at the bald though. Great hike. Will definitely do again.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike this morning to Andrews Bald. We arrived at Clingmans Dome parking area at 0800 to be the crowds. We succeeded in that but barely any views due to early fog. Wish we would have waited till later in the morning. Love the trail and the forest we passed through. Will definitely be back again!!!

hiking
3 months ago

RIP Mitzie Sue "Susan" Clements.

This was the first hike I’ve ever done and it’s still one of my favorites. It gets the blood pumping, especially on the way back since it’s mostly downhill on the way there. I was honestly speechless by the views. Just beautiful. There were a lot of bees once you got to the bald, but that’s to be expected. Most of the trail is covered, but weather does roll in and out quite quickly. It poured on us for half of the hike and there was a stream coming down at us while we hiked back. This made it fun for us and it cooled us down, but be well prepared with good shoes.

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