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Tom D
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HikingBugs

If you are looking for a hike with an uphill slog followed by a downhill slog this is for you. Throw in a few biting insects and dripping trees, bushes and me. Definitely a work out for me and I enjoyed it. I note others have indicated they hiked it clockwise or counter clockwise and I have to say I miss the nuisance . Whichever way you go it is up and then down.

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Amber Cabrera
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We stopped here as we finished our drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to get out for a bit and we're excited to find that there was a little trail on the river! Our two year old loved running around and stopping to play in the river. It was a very pleasant surprise!

James Mims
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HikingRocky

This was a very shaded but rocky trail. If you start in Cherokee, then you will end as the farm museum which is very nice. Also, there are plenty of spots to fill up your water bottle as long as you have a filter. There was a family pushing someone in a wheelchair, so it is accessible.

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Adeline Nassif
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HikingMuddyRocky

It was a overall great trail! Just make sure there is not a lot of fog or the lookout at Andrews Bald will be like a white screen. We went early and got to see the breath taking view (I have never seen so much of the mountains in one lookout). We only hiked from the Clingmans dome to Andrews Bald.

Matthew Dunn
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Hiking

Very narrow trail but incredibly beautiful. Joins the stream for long stretches, so best to come prepared to get your feet wet.

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Meredith Fetter
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Hiking

Great easy trail with dogs. Shaded and by the river.

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Philip Schumacher
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Hiking

On this trail we added going to chasteen creek cascades and Bradley Fork Falls. We enjoyed the creek portions of this hike and the cascade on chasteen creek was well worth the added mileage. In summer the views along the smokemont loops were limited so it seemed like a lot effort for little reward.

Trina Sneed
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Hiking

I really like this trail. Going to go back soon and do it the other way around. I went to the right and went up for 2 miles. It was tough but it was good. Then it smoothed out for a little while and the last 3 miles were all downhill. It was a little muddy in a couple of places, but not bad. There were a lot of roots too, but I’ve seen worse. I recommend this trail.

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Kylie Wallace
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BugsMuddy
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Jen Costner
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Hiking

Nice trail. Well marked the first half, not so well marked the second half. Was glad to have AllTrails running. Picked blueberries on the way up.

Darryl Roberts
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Hiking

Easy trail we park at Visitor Center and walk to Cherokee, then shop and eat and walk back to car. Done this twice now and have seen Elk both times. Good trail, pet friendly and bike friendly.

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Andrew Rollwitz
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BackpackingBugsMuddy
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Katlyn Mullins
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Hiking

Easy river-side walk. Saw elk laying in the forest.

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Randall Wallace
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Hiking

I took a group of beginner teenage backpackers on this trip it was their first trip ever!! Hiked from the parkway to The deep creek campground. Several blow downs- about 10 big ones along the route to the bottom, but manageable. Camped at campsite 54 on the way down. Nice camp Bear hanging cables provided. Major trail washout around mile 7.. 1/4 mile before pole creak. Had to climb over big down trees and wade through side creek. In addition along the way down there were wet creak crossings. Stream crossings and the blow downs made the trial trail more challenging than normal but overall it was an easy hike. 4 stars because of blowdowns. After pole Creek the trail has been maintained by the Park service we camped at campsite 60 thesecond night and walked out the following day. Overall I recommend this hike it is very fun and follows the deep creek all the way down as it continuously grows in size

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TruthTrekker Peoples
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Hiking

Can’t go up bit still a nice walk!

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Susan F.
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Hiking

This beautiful trail is part of a destination that includes the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and the Family Farm Museum. It’s a great place for families, who can go back and forth between the different areas. The river trail is beautiful and not difficult. The area is crowded, though, and the elk seem to have lost their fear of people. It’s a must-do location!

Jeff Bowers
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No views at the top. Fire tower has been converted to a cel tower. view is wooded. Ok hike till the last half mile. Trail turns into a road and lots of trash and beer cans around. The first part of the trail runs thru a mountain bike trail system.

Jessica Matthews
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Hiking

Great trail. Mostly flat, running beside river. Small gravel. I ran it early in the morning and came up on several elk in the woods. Awesome experience!

L. David Perry
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I picked this trail because I didn't want to be around a lot of other hikers. We saw saw nobody else on trail. It was very rocky and narrow at times. There were a few water features that would allow you to get your feet wet if you wanted. One large water crossing that you either need to be very careful or get wet. Going down was a little treacherous as the rocks were slippery and I think all five of us slipped at least once on descent.

Rachel Black
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This is such a beautiful trail! my hiking partners and I agreed that we felt like we were in Jurassic Park! the trail is a very Rocky and slippery as many have mentioned before. So you definitely have to do it slower than what your usual Pace would be. Really have to watch the footing. The creek and Trail become one for a little while but I really enjoyed that part. Definitely a summer hike though. You want to do this one in warm, dry weather.

David Cernock
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Backpacking

Trail was in overall very good shape. Spent two nights out just making this a leisurely weekend of seclusion. Aside from right by the trailhead only saw a total of three people. One section between campsite 48 and Hughes ridge was covered on baseball sized rocks which was less than fun. Otherwise great trip with easy water access. Oh, and a bear sighting which made the trip!

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Waylon Stevens
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grownWashed out
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Heather High
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Hiking

We enjoyed walking this trail to see the Elk a little closer. We found their animal trail where they go to the river to get water which was neat.

Chase Griswold
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Backpacking

Me, my father, and my little brother made a 3 day 2 night trip out of this trail. First, we set out around 5 or 6 pm and hiked a few miles maybe around 4 or 5 then camped at the first camp ground. Next, we hiked around 7 miles with many creek crossings along the way. These creek crossings came to be a little stressful due to the fact that it had rained the day before and were generally below 1 foot deep but really fast flowing. But don't get me wrong, the creek crossings were definitely duable. That night we camped at the Jonas Creek camp, then set out the next day. On this day we crossed a couple more creeks, which weren't really bad. The thing about this day was that it was a straight climb up for a couple miles, with a lot of switchbacks. Once we got to the Appalachian trail it was more of a up, down, up down, etc. While we were on the Appalachian trail, we encountered a bear in the tall grass a little below us, which postponed our lunch break for a mile or so, as we did not want the bear smelling our food and coming for it. Luckily, we did not have to use our bear spray, which I would recommend bringing if you decided to go on this trail. Then we finished out after lunch with a beautiful view. Recommendations: 1. Bring a camera, as their were many BEAUTIFUL views 2. Bring Watershoes 3. Bring Bear Spray 4. Unless your a pro at hiking, I would recommend making this a 4 day 3 nighter, as this was a pretty tough trail.

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