Explore the most popular birding 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.

If you get a chance to hike this trail don’t pass it up.

Great trail! Follows the water the whole way. Small steady incline, fairly rocky.

walking
14 days ago

This trail was not great for kids. Due to the road, just getting to an interesting spot was a two-mile walk, so not ideal. Once we got to the meadow we did enjoy the cabin but as we were four kids (ages 8-11) and three adults in our group, only half of us made it that far.

Ankles currently killing me because of thousands of loose rocks of various size that are strewn all over the trail. this geature makes the trail moderately hard, rather than easy. you have to watch your every step, which detracts from being able to enjoy the scenery, etc.

hiking
18 days ago

Steep and challenging, but the view from the top is worth it. I was able to get some of the best Milky Way photos of my life from the top at night.

trail running
22 days ago

Big Creek Trail was completed in the middle of August! We ran into about 5 small groups, two of which had children. Big Creek Falls is an easy hike but worth going if you’re trying to start out your hiking journey! It’s a wide trail with the creek along side of you the entire time. There are many swimming holes you can get wet in plus various places to hang a hammock! We enjoyed our hike!!

Nice easy trail. Falls aren’t marked and you have to listen for them to enjoy. If you go further you will come to a bridge that crosses upstream.

Very steep on the way up.
Went to browning knob as well and to the plane crash. The kids liked to see the plane. The mud and slick rocks would make it a little rough at times for kids or older hikers.

Easy hike along an amazing creek with some great swimming holes.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a quick, steep hike up to the top that will get your heart pumping. Pretty heavily trafficked trail but when we went we got to see why they're called the Smoky Mountains because the mists filled the valleys below all the way to the top. Still beautiful though.

hiking
1 month ago

Mouse Creek Falls on the Big Creek Trail is a beautiful swimming hole located along an old logging trail on Big Creek. It is an easy out and back hike that is accessed by a parking lot not from the Pigeon River on the NC/TN border. It's a great hike if you're looking for something not too strenuous, but due to it's relative accessibility, can be overrun with tourists. I highly recommend it in off peak times but it also has plenty of smaller pools to play in along the route if the main falls are too crowded.

BRING WATER SHOES! As the other reviewers noted, the enjoyment of this lovely trail is impacted by numerous challenging water crossings. Otherwise, it’s a super nice trail. And support the park with donations that allow them to keep up trails and repair bridges.

Lots of uphill but worth it

hiking
1 month ago

This is a steep trail. It is dog-friendly but it can be very tough on many dogs. It is very rocky and sandy most of the way up and is going to be a tough go of it for older or unconditioned dogs. I guess this goes for people too. Even better trails that both come off of the paved part of this trail is the MST in either direction.

we've hike a lot of trails in the last year & a half. They are all beautiful, but this is one of my top favorites! it's an easy trail to hike elevation wise, a rocky trail, but the river views are just spectacular! The outcrop of boulders on your right as you go up are huge! It pays to come early to get a parking spot & have the trail all to yourself. The weather was the topper just a great day to be alive to enjoy this beautiful country!!

hiking
2 months ago

Not too hard. Beautiful view at the top.

Lovely, largely shaded trail evidently recently cleared (only one easily traversible tree fall blocking the path today). The necessity of having to ford 5 knee-deep and fairly fast water crossings along return (or outgoing) portion of Caldwell Fork Trail makes it much more challenging than 4 years ago when bridges were intact.

hiking
2 months ago

A very easy trail with wonderful views

hiking
2 months ago

Steep trail, but worth the view. Beautiful flowers and butterflies along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Took two older dogs on this trail. Had to fireman carry them back down. Great views otherwise.

In April of 2018, did most of this trail. Nice hike while camping in the area. Took a short recommended detour to the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center just off the trail then returned to the trailhead due to other time commitments.

first trail hike in quite a log time. not too difficult and saw alot of wildlife. good hike

on Waterrock Knob Trail

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike and it’s a half mile to the top. It is steep and you ascend 480 ft in that half mile. The first half is paved and the second half is a dirt/rock stair trail. About half way up at the end of the paved trail is a viewing platform(if you don’t want to make the trek to the top).

So fabulous that we come back every year!

Good trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Short easy hike great for a sunset view.

We were visiting the area, and several locals told us we had to make this hike. Midnight hike is the popular attraction, several people were swimming there, but the real beauty is Mouse Creek Falls. Be prepared, this hike is uphill the whole way there, and the trail gets pretty rocky.

Favorite easy summit in the area, especially at sunset.

hiking
3 months ago

Very steep but short hike up to some great views. Starts at a visitors center parking lot so a little more crowded than other trails but worth it. The Mountain to Sea Trail also joins up here so you can add some distance by following their white blazed trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Worth the view! Smells like Christmas going up

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