Looking for a great trail near Hayesville, North Carolina? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, forest trails, views 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 around Vogel State Park or Tallulah Gorge State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Clay County Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Hayesville ranging from 4.1 to 5.7 miles and from 1,932 to 2,043 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Great trail in the middle of nowhere. 2 fantastic waterfalls. nice slow elevation gain and loss. Doing it again on 1/20/20. It's a little used trail, so expect the unexpected.

Really loved this trail. It’s extremely beautiful and the river crossings felt very adventurous! Be prepared to take your shoes off and get wet. We sometimes had to hunt slightly upstream/downstream from where the trail was for the best/easiest/safest place to cross each river, but it was totally doable with some care. There are also TONS of waterfalls along the trail and they just get better and better. If you’re feeling daring, you can climb up to get a bit closer to some of the falls, but there’s no real need because there are so many to see. The final view of High Falls at the end is gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful, remote, fun trail.

TONS of water features to look at and multiple river crossings. Come prepared to get wet.

hiking
muddy
18 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Great family hike with the 3 year old!

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful trail for solitude. No wildlife today. On your water access if you’re bringing the dog. Local town is nice. Great jump off point.

walking
1 month ago

Monta in bike /hike trail. well maintained and marked.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
3 months ago

Hiked 10/18/19. I have it at about 27 miles. There has been some recent trail maintenance to clean up some of the worst sections mentioned in other reviews. Still expect some fallen trees and lots of briars. Glad I brought a small folding saw to do some maintenance of my own - mainly on the briars overhanging the trail. I enjoyed the seclusion that this trail offered and the added difficulty that came with navigating it at times. It is definitely steep in many sections so don’t expect much relief from switchbacks. I spent the night on Tusquitee Bald (space for 1 small tent up top) and found water at the creek (very low flow) a few minutes down Far Spring trail.

hiking
blowdown
scramble
3 months ago

Wow. This trail deserves to be rated hard. Not only is the elevation gain a challenge, but the footing is really ugly on some stretches. Lots of loose rock moving underfoot. Not my favorite thing. The main trail is ok for the most part, but the approach trails to either of the falls are— what is the word I am looking for— minimal. The approach to the first falls is a bit of a scramble to the base of the falls. The approach to the second (High Falls) involves negotiating the side of the ravine. I soloed the trail with my dog, but I’m not sure I would recommend it. One wrong step could get you into more trouble than you could get yourself out of and this is not a highly trafficked trail. I was in a really low energy state today and that may have affected my perceptions. I ducked out on hiking in the rain yesterday and took advantage of the opportunity to get my flu and shingles vaccinations. Maybe that was partially responsible for my lack of endurance. But we made it to the top and the falls are pretty amazing. Even though it rained yesterday, the creek wasn’t that high and though I had brought my Tevas, I didn’t need them to cross. I ran across one troop of scouts on their way out in the morning and that was it for people. Very polite young gentlemen they were too.

hiking
3 months ago

I find it strange the other option at this location is not mentioned on All Trails. I’m guessing the review saying it’s easy and heavily shaded was for the “loop” trail by Leatherwood Falls, and not Fire Rim. 4 of us (ages late 50’s to 80) did this loop today. About 1 ½ miles total (if that), the trail takes off across the bridge, then goes to the left, (#73 I think), follows the creek (Fire Creek?) and eventually comes back down on dirt trail with roots to the road we drove in on, then comes back in at the parking lot for the picnic area. National Forest park has a basic restroom/pit toilet. There were a lot of fishermen here when we arrived, so it must be great for fly fishing. Easy to get down to the creek for playing in the water at the picnic area, but the loop trail does take you to the top of the waterfall and it’s possible to get in the water - but there are warning signs “Severe injuries/death has occurred here” I can see how it could be dangerous conditions if the water is high and rushing due to a steep drop off/slide. Today’s water level was barely a trickle due to the dry conditions we’ve had here lately.. I’m sure this is very busy in the summer.

hiking
3 months ago

Did 13 creek crossings on this weekend 1.5mile adventure! So fun but watch for snakes and bring bug spray!

hiking
4 months ago

Very simple and a great trail to hike. Beware of bikers! Took my dog and she loved it!!

hiking
4 months ago

We enjoy this hike in the winter, early spring time. It’s very well maintained and easy. And, it definitely beats the treadmill!

hiking
4 months ago

Very shaded, easy trail. Venture along the waterfall to the top. Very nice. Heavy weekend traffic.

hiking
4 months ago

Very well kept trail and very well marked. Lots of bikes, but everyone was patient and kind. I didn’t feel like I was going to get rundown. This would be a great trail to run!

hiking
4 months ago

Definitely a good hike all around and even do it twice. Trail can be narrow, pines, good slopes, good level times, places to sit, views of the lake.

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is excellent, I've walked it numerous times over the years and biked it also. Highly recommended if your in the area to check it out. The beach is a short spur trail from the main trail but its secluded and an amazing spot to set up a hammock and relax.

hiking
6 months ago

I haven’t been on a trail this well maintained in a really long time. Groomed may be a better word. This is even more impressive with the fairly high level of mountain bike traffic in this area, which in my experience seems to wear a trail more than foot traffic. Kudos to the trail crew out busily working on a side trail off my route, your work is greatly appreciated! This trail brought back memories of a Forest Engineering lecture I attended many, many moons ago about the use of broad based dips to route runoff across a road or trail. Whomever laid out this trail had evidently attended a similar lecture and paid attention as the trail is routed to minimize erosion. It’s always pleasant to see theory put into practice this effectively. The trails and intersections are well marked, I had no trouble navigating my chosen route. The pup and I had a very pleasant hike meeting a handful of very nice folks, many with their dogs. All in all, a most agreeable experience, thanks again to those whose hard work made it possible.

backpacking
blowdown
off trail
over grown
scramble
7 months ago

This is a great hike, and one day it will be a great hike again. But it is not a great hike as of June 2019. The majority of this loop (22-24 miles of the 27.6 we measured) is fairly in line with previous reviews: overgrown, hard to follow at times, water is a challenge to source- this was all fun for us. While it is blazed at times, these conditions make this route very much a Wilderness area trail vs. maintained forest service trail. Prepare accordingly and bring a GPS to keep you on track, although if you are accustomed to backcountry wayfinding the lack and blazes and hard to follow path aren’t hard. In terms of being overgrown, various sections from FS Road 6178 all the way through Sassafras Knob are the real thick areas… wearing pants is a good idea. The 11ish miles from Far Springs Bald to the picnic area is very well maintained. THAT BEING SAID. The 2 miles from Sassafras Knob to Tusquitee Bald took us 3 hours to complete. A storm has hammered this ridge line. There are acres of forest just devasted along the trail. No established reroutes yet and zero maintenance. The forest is VERY thick rhododendron and rerouting means bulldozing your way through the underbrush. It is absurdly challenging for anyone not hiking with a chainsaw. Just absolute jungle. DO NOT TAKE THESE COMMENTS FOR GRANTED AS I DID REGARDLESS OF YOUR BACKCOUNTRY EXPERIENCE. This trail is super dangerous right now. We had been cruising at 2.5mph until this point, and with 14 miles behind us, the 3 hour battle it took to finish the final 1.5-2 miles from Sassafras Ridge to Tusquitee required every ounce of energy. We barely made it to the bald by dark and had to kick in to survival mode to make it before being swallowed by the jungle of downed rhodos in the dark. Oh yeah, it’s that kind of conditions right now. When and if this trail is cleared a few things that are helpful: -Hiking clockwise, there is a really nice campsite just before the FS Road along Leatherwood Branch. Great spot to break up the full hike into 2 nights. -There appeared to be a stream down in the gully once you descend a few feet off the rim trail on trail 388 at Will King Gap. It’s off trail and I didn’t go for it, but accessible. -Big Stamp: there is a great little stream down Trail 387 on your left-hand side, 20 yards off the trail. Probably a quarter mile down from the Rim Trail and 400-500 vertical feet below the rim. We filled up here. -Shinbone Ridge/Trail 80 at the County Corners campsite. This campsite and the bluff leading down to the spring has been obliterated by the storms - this is apparently the most reliable spring. I did fill up here, it’s somewhere off the Shinbone Trail just covered in downed rhodos- barely a trickle but still enough. I had to crawl through the underbrush to access it. -The spring off Tusquitee Bal at the intersection with Chunky Gal was either not running or I couldn’t find it. -There is a legitimate creek about .25mi and 500’ down the Far Bald Springs/Trail 389. Very reliable and a great place to fill up, if you are staying on Tusquitee Bald and can’t find the spring off the bald, use this one. -There are several more sources on the way from Potrock to the picnic area but we didn’t need to stop. They are all marked along the Rim Trail. -In general, bring something flexible or a little pipe to help capture cleaner water. We used a hydro flask to capture the springs’ trickles and dumped into water bottles. Very effective. The adventure, flora/fauna and challenge are worth 5 starts. Once this trail is cleared it will be a 5 star trip easily. Until then... a rating can't apply?

on Fires Creek Rim Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Carver Creek

Nice hiking trail and relatively flat but there are lots of mountain bikers. Trail follows the coast of the lake and has quite a bit of shade

backpacking
off trail
over grown
8 months ago

This trail needs to be closed. What is not covered with thorns is blocked by fallen trees. It is pretty obvious that no one has taken the time to care for this trail. Blue blazes are used to mark every trail in the park, making forks very confusing. Blazes are also misplaced, facing the wrong way, or placed on trees that are rotten and about to fall completely down. My hiking buddy and I lost the trail multiple times. For a large portion of the trail we slowed to less than a mile per hour due to the trees we had to climb over, crawl under, or navigate around completely. We encountered an abandoned tent littered with dry food packages that had been clawed into and eaten by animals, so a bear has received reward here, too. Put simply, this trail is dangerous and should be closed until it can be properly cleaned up.

I did this portion of the AT in June 2017...it rained and rained... just the maddening drizzle sort of rain. But I will still say that it was a great hike. I pushed a bit harder than I should have as I was trying to meet certain goals... should of stayed at Plum Orchard Gap shelter and maybe would have made my goal to get all the way to Springer Mtn. Alas, I pushed this portion in two days and ended up with blisters and a twisted ankle. Not the trails fault. It was lovely and not overly crowded when I went. There are a few awesome vantage points along the way as well.

mountain biking
8 months ago

This trail is a great area to get into mountain biking. You can the day trying new trails or reversing the direction to get a different ride. I have ridden this trail in many different conditions and always find it fun and challenging!

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