Explore the most popular walking 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.

walking
6 days ago

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

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
23 days 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
24 days 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.

hiking
24 days ago

I liked this one. It was an easy walk, mostly down, well marked. The view isn't breathtaking, but it is nice. I did it as part of Forney Ridge to Silers Bald to Clingman Loop. This is probably the best segment of it

hiking
25 days ago

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.

hiking
27 days ago

Short hike just visited to kill some time for 441 to reopen. I’ve definitely seen better falls.

hiking
28 days ago

great walk! saw a huge bear about 15-20 feet away from me, we smelled each other and guessed what's the other's next move.. ended up alive to tell ;) was amazingly thrilling!

Great hike, beautiful views. Unique in that you hike down first and ascend on return.

Nice, easy hike. You can extend past the 3.1 by continuing along the sidewalk on the main road if you want. We took our dog with us and he loved it. Nice and shaded, which was great on this hot July day. There were also kids playing in the water near the bridge - so easy to take a dip if you get hot. We saw about a dozen elk near the beginning/end of the trail on our way back (super close, too!), which was cool.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked to camp 53. Quiet walk with some steep switchbacks near the trailhead. The camp was settled right on the creek.

Great way to get away from the crowds at Clingmans Dome. The trail is well maintained. It goes downhill from the parking area so be prepared for coming uphill on the way back. Most of the trail is tree covered and it was nice and cool with the breeze.

hiking
1 month ago

We arrived late in the day. There were two portable plastic bathrooms there in poor condition. At the entrance there was a steep climb up some 200 or so steps. Then the trail levels out and shortly after, you arrive at a bridge where you can see the falls. It's a short, .4-mile hike. Access to the falls, like actually walking around on the rocks in front of them, is not very easy. And there can be a lot of people around. However, it's a nice sight and not a lot of work is required to get there.

walking
1 month ago

Quickie walk to the falls to look for a geocache (DNF) but enjoyed meeting lots of people and the adventure. Did this trail several years ago.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a nice way to get away from the crowds. First hike we did upon getting to the park. Did it first and then Clingmans. The bald provides really nice views and a good place for a meal before hitting the much more crowded Clingmans.

easy climb, well worth it

Super green! Great view at the top and still some late season azeleas

Super short and green hike, not a lot of water tho

Great hike. Short for The whole family. My son and I climbed to the top of it. Great photo opportunities.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail in a little over two hours, just like the sign at the trailhead says. The trail to the tower runs through biking trails that are a part of the Fire Mountain system, but it’s marked all the way up. Look out for bikers and other hikers as the trail intersects several times. We brought the dog with us and she had a great time, too. The trail itself is clearly marked, relatively clear and bramble-free, and winds through the woods. It does get a little narrow at some places. Go on clear days!! We made the mistake of going right before a storm rolled in and being on a mountain during lightning and high winds is scary! The towers are cool and the view of Cherokee is amazing.

Great Trail. Loved the trail being near the river almost the entire way, as well as the rocky "beahces" available for stops throughout. Also, we saw at least 5 different elk throughout our walk, which lasted from about 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of my favorite trails in the park. We hiked this fairly early in the day with two as school-aged children after going to the Clingman's dome tower. 100 yards down the trail and we had left 99% of the crowds behind. We saw only a handful of other hikers on our way out to the bald. Trail goes downhill most of the way to the bald, meaning you are hiking uphill on the way back, with the steepest section right before the parking lot. Trail is varied with a lot of neat sections of spruce forest. The bald was spectacular. The flame azaleas were blooming and the views were fantastic on the day we hiked. Highlight of the hike for us was seeing a mother bear and two cubs of the side of the trail about a quarter mile before the bald.

backpacking
1 month ago

Started at Clingmans Dome and made our way down to site #68. We camped there for the night because it was just too beautiful and peaceful not to camp by a waterfall. The next morning we made our way down to #69. The creek crossings were not bad except for the very last one to reach the camp spot. Due to heavy rain that day the water was way up and stomach deep. I ended up bending one of my treks while navigating across. However, we conquered it and came out alive. Definitely not for beginners when the creek is up like that in my opinion, but definitely a peaceful sleep for those who do it!

Great trail and the kids lives jumping in the river around .6 miles into the hike right before the bridge. Would hike again!

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