Explore the most popular walking 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Great short hike! Very strenuous for the first of the season. Got the blood pumping!

nice flat trails for the most part, very lush vegetation. unfortunately, we didn't get to see the elk. bummer.

we did see tons of wild turkeys. creeks are beautiful, a bit buggy in the bottoms.

crazy ride to get there on hairpin turns on steep gravel roads, but, very worth it.

This is the most beautiful hike and very easy. There are many springs along the trail and ways to get sidetracked and go “off trail.” Be warned. Midnight hole and the falls are NOT marked. The only way you know you’re at the falls is by the hitching posts for the horses. The picnic area is also beautiful and located near Baxter Creek. Also bring water shoes. I regret not bringing mine as the water was very inviting.

My wife and I took this hike the day before Mother’s Day. It was absolutely beautiful and we did get in to cool off in Midnight Hole. If you go about .2 past the falls there is a bridge over the water that we were told about by some other hikers. It is well worth the extra time. All in all it is a wonderful hike that basic hikers shouldn’t have any trouble with

Beautiful trail, peaceful spot to eat lunch at the falls

12 days ago

Outstanding!! We thought at one point that we were never going to reach the grassy meadow off of the gravel road since the road is straight up, but hang in there and you will be rewarded with a trip to Ferguson cabin, a cabin that sits at the highest elevation for a cabin, then onto the Science observatory, and then the panoramic views are well worth the hike! Follow Garret's directions. He was spot on...

hiking
15 days ago

Simply can not describe in words adequately. Must see in person to understand.

backpacking
17 days ago

Very easy trail leading up to Campsite 37

Wonderful, peaceful trail without dodging dogs.. Very nice!

Love this trail peaceful and not as heavily used and the views are awesome

Beautiful views from the top!!

hiking
1 month ago

Road is wide, gravel road. Some steep parts but nothing too crazy, great views! Science center up here looks cool but didn’t get to go in there, there are bathrooms. Very easy trail I would rate as easy instead of moderate, good for beginners.

Love this hike, it is beautiful! The hiking path is clean and wide and unobstructed. The hike for the most part follows the river closely but at times the trees obscure the view of the water. I wish there were markers to let you know when arrive at the falls because I have missed it and walked right passed it and arrived at the next falls. You do have to “hunt” for it along the river if there is no crowd to tip you off. No dogs are allowed on the trail, which stinks. I’d really love to take my 4 legged child with me. We always clean up after our pet and they enjoy the outdoors and need exercise also.

I've hiked this trail many times over my life. It's a pretty easy trail, and the views are awesome. Also, on the way up, you'll find a great swimming hole with tall rocks to jump off of. Always a summertime favorite of mine!

Family hike to Davison Gap
In and out about 8miles. Plenty of stream crossings but a good and moderately strenuous trail for the early season legs.continuing down the gap would have gotten us to a few cabins for viewing, but stopped here rather than continuing.

Beautiful! The way to the trail was gorgeous and the views at the top were great. Short but steep.

Easy 5.2 mile hike to campsite 37. Great waterfall views and great campsite. Plenty of firewood and places to get in the water.

My fault misreading that dogs were allowed on this trail. Of course, it was in January when we visited and when we got to the trail to the waterfall, we discovered no dogs allowed. We walked the creek area and still enjoyed the little rapids.

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!!!

hiking
4 months 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

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 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.

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