Explore the most popular hiking 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.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Great flow, super fun down hill. Well worth the climb.

this trail is beautiful. it's the first trail I've ever hiked that starts by descending for roughly one mile. my view at the top was disappointing, it was so foggy that I couldn't see anything, but I also kind of knew the weather would block my view before I started it. the entire trail was gorgeous and I cant wait to go back to the mountains.

hiking
14 days ago

A super short hike if you’re trying to do something easy. The stairs are long in the beginning but immediately after that it’s flat ground and then you’ve made it. Went pretty early in the morning and still ran into quite a few people.

Took Forney Creek down, camp 70 was a great spot! The hike up to sliders bald and mount buckly was difficult but so worth it. The views are amazing. Great 2 days in the smokies!

Headed out around 7-7:15 with pouring rain. Did not take away from the trail. Really enjoyed but due to the thickness of the woods got pitch black about 8. Was not smart staying out that late but wanted to get the trail before days end

Made a 3-night, 4-day loop of it.
Day 1 - Left from Clingman's Dome and stayed first night at #68. Pretty steep down with a few water crossings. Two sites to chose from at #68, both decent and right on the river.
Day 2 - Several river crossings, some waist high water and a little worrisome, but overall a beautiful hike. Stayed at #70.
Day 3 - Hiked up Jonas Creek Trail, to Welch Ridge to stay at Silers Bald shelter. Up-hill the whole way and makes for a long hike, but pretty good views the last few miles.
Day 4 - Hiked the AT out back to CD.

Decent hike, lots of roots and a few rocks. You are hiking along a ridge yet don’t have many views. Along the way you’ll find a lot of backpacker’s “pit stops”. I agree, you should continue onto the Charlie Bunion trail if you have the time.

Hiked this trail on 9/2/18. The trails themselves were well kept and well marked. It is a steady climb to the top and the trail gets pretty narrow at times. It took us about an hour or so to get to the top at a fairly steady clip (2 hrs exactly round trip), so for those who have small kids, pets, or prefer to hike slowly will easily take 2.5 to 3.5 hours total. Unfortunately, the firetower itself was fenced in and locked up behind barbed wire so we were unable to actually climb up it. It actually looked like there wasn't even a platform to stand on once you got to the top anyway. All in all, lotsa hard work for little payoff. Admittedly, it would have been way more fun on a mountain bike. The trails appeared perfect for that.

24 days ago

Went last December just to kill some time. Pretty nice looking falls. Awesome icicles all around when we were there. Plenty of down trees and logs to climb on too. Definitely had the most people of all our hikes at this one. Kids enjoyed it.

easy on the way in but walking back is what will kill you. bring lots of water

on Andrews Bald Trail

hiking
26 days ago

This is a beautiful hike we have done a few times. It is easy going to Andrews Bald but moderate/strenuous coming back up. The views are spectacular. This is a trail you can be all alone on or it is packed.This is a definite must hike if you are visiting the area.

on Mingo Falls Trail

hiking
26 days ago

We love this waterfall. It is so beautiful any time of year. We go here frequently as we live in the area. There are around 170ish stairs to get here and it is a short hike. This is a must see for anyone visiting the Great Smoky Mountains area/NC area.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike, stairs most of the way, bridge at the end of the trail for a great view of the falls. The entire trail runs along the stream, wonderful cataracts to hear and see.

This lightly used trail is a nice escape from the crowds in GSMNP. Very small roadside parking spaces. solitude and wonderful forest diversity.

hiking
1 month ago

What an incredible waterfall and a bit unexpected as you reach the bridge and witness this incredible natural beauty. This rainy year has made these waterfalls especially beautiful. An easy hike but about 160 stairs to climb. So worth the stair climbing.

Easy .4 walk just a lot of steps but beautiful, shaded walk up.Totally worth the amazing waterfall.

Well maintained trail. Pretty views from the bald. Weird to be climbing up on your way out, but doable & lovely.

hiking
1 month ago

Peaceful hike to a gorgeous bald with stunning views. The day we went the parking lot was packed but everybody else went the other way, we had the trail to ourselves, literally, all the way down and back up. Loved the hike. Not too strenuous, and took us under 2 hours.

walking
1 month ago

A pretty walk, but nothing spectacular. Really close to the road, so we could hear traffic the whole time.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a fun and challenging trail to do! There were several creek crossings which was a welcome break from the mostly uphill walk. The trail was not super well maintained and was overgrown in many places (and even had a section that was just walking upstream in the river). Though there were not any mountain vistas, the forestry and rivers made for beautiful scenery. Don’t underestimate this trail though - we were in for a surprise since we had expected a flat trail along a winding river. With a 25+lb backpack on, it made for a moderate to difficult hike. If you’re in the area though and want to get away from heavily trafficked trails like Chimney Tops then this is it! We saw only one other group the whole time.

It was a good trail, but I would not recommend it for anyone’s first time backpacking or camping. It had rained the few days prior to me and my gf doing it and the creeks were so full and crossing them was pretty dangerous. But overall a great trip. Plan for it to take 2-2.5 full days to complete the trail if it has rained recently.

What a fantastic place. Short steep hike up to one of the most dramatic waterfalls I've ever seen. make sure to take water shoes for exploring around the creek.

hiking
1 month ago

Not too strenuous there or back. The trail becomes a little shrouded at times but nothing too bad. The way down the first mountain is gorgeous with great views. The shelter at the bottom is a cool place to stop at and if you go during summer there are some very pretty flowers. After the shelter there aren’t really any great views to see, but still a couple minor ones. The bald is very overgrown and there is little to no view once you arrive, but there is another shelter a little was down the other side to stop for a little rest. Overall not the best hike I’ve been on but not the worst at all.

The trail was wonderful! We went in the morning (started about 8am) and it never got too hot which was a huge plus for me, especially since it was mid July. The sights were beautiful and completely worth it. I got to see a momma dear and her two babies on the trail also!

I do warn though, it gets very busy since it’s in a very touristy area so going early would be the best. When we got done with the hike, it was very crowded and a lot of people were on the trail then. So go early if possible!

Beautiful falls, but be weary of the crowds. There are too many people that climb on and around the falls (good luck getting any decent photos) and a lot of graffiti on some fallen logs. People need to be more respectful of nature. I only gave it two stars for those reasons, otherwise the falls are stunning after a good rainfall.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views. Easy hike so bring a picnic!

Was a nice trail . The beginning of the walk there are 120 stairs to climb then levels out at the top. Waterfall is amazing!

I'm not sure what you have seen if you stop so early. Probably worth doing something else if you can't walk more than this, and if you can walk more, probably worth going to charlie bunion

hiking
2 months ago

Did this along with a bigger loop. I'd say I usually love ridge walking, but this isn't one of them. I think going south instead of west gives you better view points.

The trail is well maintained, so expect to do this fairly quickly for a 21 miler (did it in about 8hours). It was cloudy and rainy, so that might have affected my experience, but I felt it was all that great. The best view points are at the begining, doing the whole loop is a bit excessive.

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