Looking for a great trail near Robbinsville, North Carolina? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, trail running 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 in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Joyce Kilmer Memorial. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 18 hard trails in Robbinsville ranging from 2.8 to 41.2 miles and from 1,145 to 5,410 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
15 days ago

Be aware, the Big Fat Branch trailhead where you park your car is closed from Jan 1st to April 1st. The road from 129 is over 7 miles if you want to go around the barricade on foot.

hiking
25 days ago

I just did this trail for my annual winter hike with my brother. Jan 31, 2020. I opted for the NGT to meet my brother at Bob Bald who started at Beech Gap and climbed to Bob Bald. He lives in TN and I live in NC. I was not prepared for this trail. My winter pack weighed 32 lbs. Everything you have read about the obstacles and difficulties are true except the reviewer who said it should be rated as moderate instead of difficult but she didn’t climb all the way to the top. The trails most difficult part is at the top. There are 8 switchbacks at the top and #6 and 7 are very long. I discovered this on the way down because I lost the trail at #6 on the way up where I followed a game trail to a stream and missed the hard right turn just prior to the stream. I started climbing to find the trail and ended up bushwhacking my way up to the Stratton Bald trail on very steep terrain with that 32 lb pack. I am 55 years old and now feel like I am 65. I used this AllTrails app to see where I was and to see which direction I was moving and eventually made it to the Stratton Bald Trail where my brother was waiting for me in 4 inches of snow. He had set up camp about 1.5 miles from that point on Bob Bald and I didn’t think I was going to make it. I did follow the intended path back down and found where I made the wrong turn at Albuquerque. The pain I was feeling on the way up played into my mistake in losing the trail. I am home now and suffering a little but I enjoyed the Naked Ground Trail!

Did this hike in winter. Did not do upper Snowbird yet, but is next on my list. I plan on walking down from Cherohala. I did Sasafrass falls and back (to junction) and it was amazing. Whole area was clean and beautiful. Drive to parking area is beautiful, trail was clean and well maintained. Did not see anyone else on the trail, which is wonderful.

This trail is a blast. It was challenging but one of the most beautiful hikes I have done in a while. Love me some cherohala skyway!

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snow
1 month ago

21 degree start at twenty mike trail, long hungry ridge, Gregory bald, parson bald, wolf ridge, and finish loop on twenty mile. Perhaps an inch of snow between Gregory and Parson balds, about 5 stream crossings on long hungry ridge trai, but ok to ford with boots on. Nice view into Cades Cove. Forgot to turn off recorder so last 3 miles were in a car.

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icy
1 month ago

Great short trail with amazing views at the top!

1 month ago

Well maintained gravel path, kid and dog friendly, gorgeous NC mountain views at the top. will hike again!

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icy
no shade
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great short hike! All uphill to the falls featuring a few smaller falls along the way. Great hike to do with dogs!

We hiked this on January 4rth with 3 kids (8, 11 and 14). It was a beautiful hike. Unfortunately right as we got to The Hangover view snow clouds rolled in making our hike back down interesting. I would rate this hike as moderate not difficult. The directions are spot on and take you right to the trailhead.

Great family friendly trail. Massive timber!

Excellent trail to start the weeks vacation. Easy loop with our dog. Highly recommend!

It's short and sweet. Heads up on the wet leaves and rocks. Also the little bridge needs some TLC. someone has moved some wood to show it's some what broken. But it's easy to cross by just stepping around the damage. A little bit on the moderate scale due to incline if you ask me but worth the little hike.

backpacking
2 months ago

Clocked this closer to 3.5 miles for 7 miles round trip. The way up to the hangover is very steep in many parts with very short flat spots to catch your breath. I found the trail in manageable/average condition and easy to follow. It was tough with a full pack and took longer than I expected. Views from the hangover are awesome. Plenty of camp spots up that way but other than at grassy gap none in between. Looked like a lot of good car camping on the final gravel road you turn on. I didn’t see any no trespassing signs or anything but I also didn’t really look. The first half of the way down was slick and harder to maneuver but after that is pretty typical - just steep. While I saw a few puddles you could probably filter water from about a mile from the top, I wouldn’t count on those year round. Saw two hunters and one backpacker the second day (dec 27) but nobody on the first (dec 26). Lots of local hunters parked at the trailhead so just be aware there is active hunting and dogs in the area.

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rocky
2 months ago

Trail is slick from the recent rains but in good condition. Watch your step on wet leaves and rocks. It was absolutely beautiful and I had the place all to myself.

Such a fun hike. A bit overgrown in some areas and a few places where the trail is hard to follow, but that adds to the fun. views are awesome at the top. Only saw one other person.

To get to the second half of this trail it requires you to slide down the hill to a dirt access road. Not much to see on the second half, but the Slick Rock Creek portion provides a tremendous challenge.

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muddy
2 months ago

This is an incredible hike. Especially in winter. highly recommend! And Twentymile Trail is very gentle climb until last mile. Then gets steeper. Still not super grueling.

hiking
3 months ago

A family favorite!

Excellent trail, definitely challenging. Started at 6:30am and was able to complete it by 5pm with a 30 minute lunch break. Great workout!

hiking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

I did this hike with my dog on 2019-11-06. The directions to the trailhead are spot on and FS 62 to Big Fat Gap is in excellent condition. As the hike takes place in the Slick Rock/Joyce Kilmer wilderness area it is not marked except at the trailhead and at the trail intersection on top of the mountain. Nevertheless, it is easy to follow. There is one spot within the first five minutes of climbing where the trail swings right and doesn't look like a trail and a false trail goes straight ahead. Apparently many, as I, have been fooled. It comes to a sudden halt. Rather than going back because the ridge was not wide we just bushwhacked straight up and quickly picked it up again. If you find yourself in that position it is only a short distance back to the point of the mistake. Some branches should probably be dropped right at that point to help others not to make the same mistake. I'm sorry I didn't do it myself. The hike can be divided into two parts. The first part goes pretty much straight up the ridge. In parts it is very steep but the footing is very good and it is not difficult. About halfway up you come to a plateau like area about a half mile long known as Grassy Gap. This is a beautiful Appalachian Forest type area that is like a walk in the park. Once across the gap the second part begins. The second half which leaves the ridge and angles diagonally up the side of the mountain is at times diabolical. It doesn’t have the steep sections of the first part, but it's still steep and the footing is gnarly, rocky and soft in places requiring edging. There are downed trees, rocky ledges and boulder outcroppings which while never really difficult they still had to be scaled. For the most part you’re lucky if the trail is 18 inches wide. In many places it isn’t, in fact there are some stretches where there is merely the slope of the mountain you must cross to reach the trail on the other side. There are no streams to cross but the soil at times can be soft and moist requiring in places some careful edging. On the upside, though, I will have to say that as you work your way up in this section you do start to get some great views which always lift the spirit and from my dog's standpoint he was able to find a few spots where a seep afforded a small puddle of water he could drink. Once on the top the trail from there to the Hangover is in excellent condition and you very quickly reach the end where you are treated some of the greatest views in North Carolina. At this point you know that it was definitely worth the effort to reach that spot. There are some excellent camping spots up near the hangover. I also saw a few back down in Grassy Gap. However, if you plan to camp be sure to bring plenty of water. Because of the view this definitely is a five star hike. We saw only one other person all day. Also the hunters who were parked at Big Fat Gap all seem to have descended from the parking. Non of them went up the Hangover Lead trail.

This is an excellent hike that I hope stays mostly unknown. This is the one and only hike that I have ever completed where I did not see a single other human. Which, to me, is absolute bliss. The hike was not nearly as hard as advertised and was short and sweet. The colors were almost peak when we went (10/27). The views rival any hike I've been on in the east and might be my new favorite in the area.

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blowdown
3 months ago

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blowdown
3 months ago

Just remember...if you think you're near the top - you're not! Haha Really though - everything a wilderness should be: trees, leaves, and waterfalls! Great views in the fall, especially as you begin the dreaded switchbacks at the end. Loved the cascades along the way. Completely desolate minus a couple that got distracted and hot off the Memorial Loop. On a sunny day, wear light layers - you will sweat, even if it's only in the 40s. Mileage was a little longer than expected but not too bad. Lovely view for a snack before continuing on

hiking
4 months ago

I honestly thought this hike would be harder than it was based off of the elevation profile and other people's reviews. There are some steep parts, but it's really pretty gradual and there's a lot of flat portions to catch your breath when needed. Other than that, let me just say, that this is one of my new favorite hikes in TN/NC area. We didn't see a single other person all day, and the view at the top is awesome. You are taller than everything around you. The views are also phenomenal at the top! We watched all of the clouds roll away.

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