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


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Great trail! But the waterfall is at the 2 mile mark so no need to keep going further in search of a different waterfall.

Great hike. Family friendly.

I love this easy hike, and the Midnight Hole and Mouse Creek Falls are worth your time!
Happy New Year outdoor lovers!! :)

Love this trail and all the history!!!

23 days ago

Today was our second time on this trail, both times with our own and friends’ littles. Last year we hiked it with our 5 year old as well as 4, 6 and 9 year old. Today we hiked with our little who is 6, another 6 year old, and a 4 year old. We hiked about 4 miles out and back, past the Woody House. It looks like the house was being painted this year, as it was cleaned up from last year. The kids love the trail as it follows the water line and over log bridges, providing lots of magical places to explore and play. We tend to
hike more moderate and difficult trails with our daughter, as her favorite part is climbing and scrabbling, but this trail provides enough fun to keep her engaged despite its ease. We’ll be back again!

Wonderful, short and steep. Great views all seasons. Note, visitor center and bathrooms were closed

great trail. not that hard of a trail. actually runnable. runs along Ridgeline of mountain. one of my favorites

2 months ago

Awesome hike with great views. once you get to the top, there is a trail that veers left (follow the orange tags in the trees). It leads to a twin engine Cessna (plane crash) that happened in 1983. Its a good 20 minutes down that trail at a steady pace. If you follow the top of the ridge, you will come to big grey stones (3-4 feet high). One of the stones had a memorial plaque on it. Make a 90 degree turn and take the little trail directly next to the plaque. Follow the trail down the hill and to the left (less than 5 minutes). The plane is there.

This tops my list of hikes done so far - spectacular views, a nice parking area, visitor center, and connections to the Mountains to Sea Trail if you want to add on to your day. Even if you didn’t want to hike, the views from the parking lot are worth the drive. We heard about an offshoot trail near the top that leads to a spot overlooking a plane that went down a long time ago but I think we turned around too soon. Next time we’ll push on a little further.

River was nice to walk along. Did not have any views. Finding a friendly hunting dog made it a little more fun.

2 months ago

This is a beautiful trail along the river for the entire length of the trail. Although you gain about 1300 feet of elevation, it is very gradual.

Definitely worth the steep climb!

2 months ago

Not a hard trail. Hike along a ridge line. Not a lot of views but lots of birds and other small animals. I did see a bear just at the beginning of the trail. Complaint was that the bear was scared out of it wits by hunting dogs along the boundary line. Too bad that this occurs along this trail. Had to listen to the dog barking.

2 months ago

I have mixed feelings about this trail. It is a matter of which way you hike. Leaving from CATALOOCHEE it is harder. If you are only hiking it to see the buildings you are better off hiking from other end. Buildings are well maintained and worth the time to explore.

Stunning hike - we waited an hour or so until the weather broke (low clouds washing over the mountain with little visibility for distance viewing) The clouds brushed the foliage with ice creating a winter wonderland but no ice on the trail. Only silhouettes of trees at the summit due to the weather but coming back down the clouds began to break revealing stunning long views. Thirty minutes out (depending of course how often you stop to take in the views). Steep - for anyone with heart issues please take your time as it will pump your heart rate. Highly recommend this hike!

3 months ago

Steep towards the top. Quick and easy if you don’t have a lot of time. Great views from multiple spots on the way to the top. Nice clearing at the top to relax and snap a few photos. Great for dogs as well!

Great hike with lots of views of the river. Parking is minimal but worth it. The falls are picture perfect and there and several other areas where you can get down the the river.

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3 months ago

AllTrails hosed us on this one: drove to the trail head to find that BIKES are NOT PERMITTED on this NPS trail. You owe me half a day of vacation Looked like a nice trail...oh well, guess I've discovered way more trails than not with this app. Please update tag - also there is a trail listed as Cuyahoga Valley NP that is really in Great Smoky Mtn NP.

A short but steep hike with very rewarding views. Absolutely beautiful!

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