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

This place rocks. Fun to play / picnic by the creek at the main parking lot... or hike up in the hills. Super fun!

Very nice easy trail. Well marked and enjoyed the numerous plants that were identified with signage. The trail is shared with bikers but everyone we encountered was respectful and courteous.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail! Easily done with my three dogs, fantastic views and waterfalls.

backpacking
1 month ago

Until a proper maintenance crew decides to work on the trail past the first 5 miles from the trail head, one had better prepare for one heck of a disappointment.

To begin with, every trail in the area is blazed the same color. For some reason, the crew doesn't understand that a trail more than 12 miles "should" be blazed white while spurs and intersecting trails "should" be a different color. Also, there are blazes where is's painfully obvious there is a trail but at the "balds" (which aren't) and the gaps, where the briars are head high and the trail so faint it's difficult to navigate, there are no blazes. Nada. None. There are more "Bear Sanctuary" placards than trail blazes.

Water. Bring more than you think you'll need. Then bring twice that. The water sources are few and far between. Remember, you're at the top of a ridge. To get to any water it's hundreds (more than 200) meters to a POSSIBLE water source which is downhill (way down hill) from the trail. The "map" Alltrails offers doesn't mark any of them and the "reviews" posted below are less than helpful. Seriously... bring more water than you think you'll need.

I'm not going to bother with the issue of the elevation gain and loss... it's a ridge run... it's expected (and one of the main reasons I went this week). However... due to the remoteness of the trail; IF/WHEN there is a medical emergency, lost/overdue hiker, etc you will be stuck in place with no help for over 24 hours. Or more. My hiking partner and I are both search and rescue technicians and know our jobs well. I may know what I'm talking about here.

Other hazards include wild hogs (we had a passel of them "interact" with us out around Signal Knob), trail along the sides of hills that are overgrown and not well cut (one slip in the rain and there's a strong possibility of a serious fall or an ankle injury, massive fallen trees blocking the trail and did I mention the lack of proper blazes?

Really.... unless you are a serious back-country backpacker with extremely strong navigation skills, stay off this trail. Oh, and find a better map than the one here. The actual Rim Trail leaves/reaches the ridge west of Shortoff but keep in mind that all the elevation it took you 2 days to gain is lost in less than half a day.

I give this trail 5 stars not for it's beauty but for it's difficulty. Some of the other reviewers never ran this ridge, they stayed in the valley along the river.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great flowing trails. Actual mileage of all trails is more than 14 miles. Will definitely go again.

Great trail to bike. The red trail was a little muddy yesterday afternoon

horseback riding
3 months ago

We thoughly enjoyed our ride this past weekend. I would have given it 5 stars but the trails were not very well maintained. There were several places the men in our group, thankfully they were well prepared, had to clear trees from the trails. There were lots of Laurel thickets that the trail went through, we had to bend over and get off in places, but it was with it. The sites were beautiful up top. Coming down there was several places to water the horses. Camping at Bristol Fields Horse Camp was very nice. I enjoyed hearing Fires Creek all night, made for good sleeping.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Such a fun place!

Nice hike for everyone! Several well-marked trails with great views.

hiking
5 months ago

Glorious! We had the entire circuit to ourselves and only saw the occasional fisherman. We walked several of the loops.

Great easy walking trail. Well marked and level. Nice lake/mountain views.

hiking
7 months ago

Very cool trail. It have many loops and turn around points just In case you don’t want to do the whole trail. Great scenery and sit down areas

Very nice family trail.

Enjoyed this trail. Easy to navigate, terrain was even with a few sloping areas, pretty views and well marked vegetation. The additional loops add extra trail if you want a bit more distance. Nice beach areas. Very clean.

backpacking
8 months ago

The trail was very overgrown and caused confusion on which way the trail went. Made it all the way around just follow the blue markers. Doing this in two days was tough. Would suggest do three day hike. Not to much water on the trail.

All the trails Marked very well . Like how there are a lot of different loops to take off the main loop. Can choose your distance as you go

backpacking
10 months ago

Tough steep difficult challenging. GREAT TRAIL!

walking
10 months ago

This was a nice trail, although I'm not sure I would bring my two and three year old back to walk it as it seems primarily designed for mountain bikers. I loved that they marked the flowers, trees and shrubs!

I loved running this trail plus it has a beach and an island!!! There are also a lot of spots to camp. Easy hike and pretty. I haven't taken a bike on it but it looks really fun with the curves and the ups and downs.

backpacking
10 months ago

Did half of the loop. Started at the Fires Creek picnic area. A short hike and then nobody is around. After the first mile I didn't see another person until the next day. Stayed the night at Big Stamp.
The trail was REALLY overgrown. Hard to see at times. The blue markers were a life saver.
No water at all on the 1st part of the trail. When you get to Big Stamp go down the hill about 4-500 yards and you will run into the river. A great place to fill up.
All in all a good hike but BRING WATER.

Went from Dicks Creek gap south towards deep gap. Stopped at 3.2 miles, just past Vista view A and turned around. Really nice hike with view worth the effort. Good moderate hike.

mountain biking
11 months ago

Excellent trails for the beginner not too technical and the climbs aren't difficult. These trails are fast and fun like being on a roller coaster.

Friday, June 23, 2017

A great walk in the woods. Well marked. Only did shorter trail

mountain biking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

Love this trail. Have done the 6.3 and looking forward to do the other trails.

mountain biking
Monday, October 24, 2016

We had a wonderful time. We went in the morning during the week - meaning we were the only ones there. When we were leaving a couple more people cars pulled in. It was quaint and nice; the trails were fast flowing, but not what I call thrilling.

on Jackrabbit Trail

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Very nice level trail that has lake view for much of the hike. While there were mostly bikers they were all polite and friendly and shared the trail appropriately. The leaves are just beginning to turn. This trail has many educational tree and fauna identifying markers with great descriptions so if you are interested in learning about this then this is the trail for you!

on Jackrabbit Trail

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Did the 6.6 mile loop during rain storm today. It was a blast..

mountain biking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

there are 5-6 loop trails sharing the same parking lot, all are fairly easy and fun! maybe 10 total miles.

backpacking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Very narrow trails with many bikers on them which were not polite . Would not go back

backpacking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Great trail except washed out bridge was not replaced and good thing water level was low or would have been dangerous to cross. Well marked with blue blazes. No animals seen but beautiful flowers

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