Looking for a great trail near Cherokee, North Carolina? AllTrails has 45 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Spring Lake Park or Nelson Area County Park. Ready for some activity? There are 21 moderate trails in Cherokee ranging from 1.3 to 21 miles and from 1,998 to 6,548 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
16 hours ago

Gorgeous falls.., wouldn’t call it a big hike though, roughly 160 step staircase, once you get to the top, pretty easy short hike. Definitely worth seeing though

Worth the stairs up the hill for the view. A conveniently placed bench for a rest at the top of the stairs. Nice bridge going over the falls for better camera angles. Worth it.

Underwhelming. Never far from the road & there was construction going on. Would have been two stars except for the elk.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful falls.

This trail was easy to get to from highway 40. Maybe 3-4 miles to the trailhead. There was a spot on the side of the road to park. First bit we hiked on the AT- slightly uphill. The best part of the hike was when we turned into the other trail. Nice walk alongside the creek. The last mile or so was on the dirt road back to the car.

hiking
4 days ago

So gorgeous! Easy, well maintained steps (just a lot of them).

We arrived later than planned at Balsam Mountain Campground and wanted to take a quick walk after we set up our camp. Nature trail was convenient t because it started in the campground. We only took first mile. Once we got to the road we headed back to camp. Nothing spectacular to see, but was a nice way to stretch our legs.

mountain biking
8 days ago

Could Spend Forever flowing through those Trails

hiking
10 days ago

Several finished concrete steps....but you're a hiker, so they are way too easy for you. The falls are fantastic.

hiking
11 days ago

Perfect weather - dry, cool, the streams were low enough to hop across. This is a LONG hike but mostly downhill (if you start from Newfound Gap Rd), and the last couple of miles are pretty much a broad gravel/sand road. Some dicey rocks around miles 6-7, right along the stream - they’d be tricky if the water were high. Lots of campsites along the way for breaks and rest stops.

hiking
14 days ago

Hiked this trail on a weekday starting at about 8am and only saw two other hikers until we were near the end on our return. The trail is well maintained and very pretty through the woods. We ended up with a clear, sunny day so we had good views from the bald. Probably not worth it if it's a foggy day. This trail was on the easy side of moderate for us, but we do a fair amount of hiking and the ascent on the way back would be difficult for those not accustomed. There are better hikes within the park -- we intended this as a warm up for some friends who aren't as frequent of hikers -- so if your time is limited, you might want to go with something else

hiking
14 days ago

Basically a woodsy walk, but one of only two trails in the park that allows dogs. Mostly shaded.

Great trail. Highly recommended. Beautiful weather.

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

There are a ton of stairs when you first get there. That’s my only heads up. After the stairs you’re lead to the absolutely stunning waterfall. It was so incredibly gorgeous, a great place for a quick stop, to read a book by the water, or a picnic. Free parking, my dog absolutely loved it.

hiking
15 days ago

This trail was ok. I probably wouldn’t do it again but glad I did it once. The trail to us was high moderate to hard. Lots of uphill climbing on the way back out. Few places with nice scenery, lots of butterflies. Once we made it to the Bald we trie to eat lunch but the bugs were terrible (like small flies). The view was hazy and not very pretty to us (there’s much better hikes m/views, especially for the work you put into this hike) and it was HOT, no shade at the Bald. Good thing was the trail was very shaded and cool since it’s a higher elevation. Recommend to see once.

Turned left at trailhead to Clingmans to walk Andrews Bald. Had the trail to ourselves at 5:30PM, weather was 63 and dry. Great views, well worth the detour. Tool the clingmans dome bypass on the way back - which runs parallel to the paved road leading up to the tower. Came out about 200ft from the tower. All in all 6.1m. Highly Recommended.

A bit busy but perhaps it was because it was Labor day weekend. Really enjoyed the walk. We got there in the morning so we saw elk, even got a video of a bull crossing the river half way across he stopped and bugled. Wow! Found a nice area for our lab to swim along the trail, near an overpass. the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was the number of people on the trail. So the stars represent our experience not anything negative about the trail or perhaps better stated "walking path."

hiking
17 days ago

Lots of steps but a beautiful reward at the top!

Always an enjoyable stroll in the forest along a beautiful river.

hiking
17 days ago

Great out and back. Good mix of elevation. Bring snacks and bug spray. Shaded most of the time. The clearing is really something else.

hiking
18 days ago

Easy & pretty

scenic driving
18 days ago

Why list this drive on a hiking trail sight? Listing it as Easy is misleading because it implies that any walk is easy & that’s not quite accurate. Visitors should be warned that the hike from the parking lot to the observation tower on Clingmans Dome is taxing & difficult for some unseasoned hikers. All paved, unshaded, and all up hill! I’ve done it 3 times & it gets more challenging each time. I would rate the hike as moderate. Also, if the fog is passing through the mountains the visibility at the top might be totally obstructed.

hiking
18 days ago

Pretty hike, lots of moss and plenty of interesting mushrooms along the way. Pretty good views from the bald, although the growth obstructs some of the views to the east.

Great hike. Great views when you get on to the AT. There is not any water for about 14 miles at the higher elevations, but there is plenty on the way up and down. We did not see any bears but there were plenty of signs of them on the trail.

backpacking
19 days ago

(8.22-24) We made a lovely 2 night, 3 day trek out of this loop. Day 1, started at Clingmans Dome around 11am and worked our way down to site #69. Hardly saw anyone on the trail this day, probably because weather forecast was scattered thunderstorms. Few creek crossings. Nothing crazy. Bring water sandals/shoes! First night we had an intense thunderstorm- just make sure to avoid setting up tent under widow-makers or directly in the line of fire beneath a slope. We faired well at the left campsite by the trail and creek. Day 2 was by far the most challenging, about five creek crossings and more once you get to Jonas and all in quick succession. #69 to Silers is roughly over 8.2 miles, and almost a 3000 ft climb in elevation! Ridge line is gorgeous though, all in bloom. Highly suggest gators during rainy months to keep water from trickling down into your boots from the wet brush. Siler’s Bald shelter was empty so we had the whole area to ourselves. Day 3 was a cake walk compared to 2. Very rewarding, gradual, picturesque trail back to the Clingmans Dome lot. Many hikers this way, as it’s a very accessible! Great loop, highly recommend, just be prepared for some gnarly work outs.

amazing. one of my favorites.

hiking
20 days ago

Well maintained trail with great views at Andrews Bald and at Clingmans dome.

This trail, out and back is closer to 4.4 miles than the 3.9 as listed. It’s a well defined trail following a creek. You have to crossover four log footbridges which are doable for most everyone except perhaps children under six/seven. The trail gets steeper and more rocky after the third bridge.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Absolutely beautiful waterfall!!! The trail starts with stairs then levels off and there you are!!! Bridge at base provides a great view. I will definitely be back!!!

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