Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

One of my favorites! many up and down hills, includes swinging bridge

hiking
20 days ago

Nice family friendly trail that is easy enough even if you have small children. Our family had a great time hiking the trails and then reaching the falls and cliffs. There are lots of rocks out in the creek and the kids had a great time skipping across them to get to the other side. The falls were nice, not really big so don't set your expectations too high, but still a nice feature at the end of the trail. There are lots of other nice trails in the area too, the entrance to this location basically allowed you to go on one of three or four trails. We are looking forward to tackling the others as well.

Took our grandson who is 22 months old today. We had a blast. would recommend this trail.

Great trail

Be Gentle to Mother Nature

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed Snow fall on the trail

hiking
3 months ago

Great for hiking with a toddler! Lots of little bridges and good views.

Very Nice Trail
Enjoyed Horseshoe Waterfall
Winter Hike cures Cabin Fever ;-)

hiking
5 months ago

Perfect trail and scenic.

Fun hike! There is a spur off to the creek to look for fossils and the kids loved looking for them!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful, but coldest day of the year so far: 31 degrees to start. So a bit wet after 11 am. Wear waterproof boots! Wooden bridges over most wet spots and a cool wooden/rope bridge I had to coax my dog over. Brisk air and lovely views of ravines, the creek and the lake. Total of 6.1 miles out and back to the parking lot on the south side of the dam.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Quiet, not too crowded, easy enough to do while wearing a 9 month old. Will definitely be back!

was hiking there today with two dogs.wonderful place!

nature trips
7 months ago

beautiful views

This was a beautiful fun hike for the fall with my 4 year old. Different walking paths with stairs, rocks, pavement and lots of different trees, bushes,flowers,streams, lakes and rocks. We loved it and highly recommend it for little legs. Perfect length!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Loved it! Very interesting trails with beautiful views!

Beautiful my kids love and i love it❤

I love this place it's beautiful

Hiked the trail with kids 9 & 12 they enjoyed including the concrete channel to the left of the dam outflow and across the top of the dam along the road over to the spillway that connected back to the gorge trails. The far west trail was posted "closed due to erosion" but still passable on 7/14. About 6 feet of trail is eroded into the creek but stable to walk on if you are careful. 2 mile total this route.

hiking
10 months ago

Did 3 miles with my 5 year old. Can't wait to go back

Signs say closed but you can make it all the way around with no issues. Just a few slippery spots on one of the downhills. And a few nice shallow easy entry spots for the puppy to swim in the creek

10 months ago

Ok flat trail. Had a place we had to go off trail go across a parking lot and also along a road a bit. Tip ballot of signs for main trails but keep a close eye on orange blazes to ensure you are still on the trail. A lot of little side trails to easily go off on.

It was a good trail but you are not able to complete the loop because it's close at one point due to erosion.

Marked fairly well. For the most part the trail is well kept, but some parts are overgrown- nothing that makes it impassable though. Plenty of restrooms along the trail due to the group camping nearby. I went on a Friday and only saw one other hiker besides myself. Very quiet and would be great for birdwatching. Some parts also have spectacular views of the lake.

Beautiful trail. So worth it.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trail marked well. Some muddy spots as expected.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Great for a short hike especially if you have kids.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Serene and lightly trafficked. Did the loop twice and only saw 3 other hikers. Trails are sufficiently maintained and marked. Nice periodic views of the lake and coves and thickly wooded throughout. Several restroom facilities along the route too, due to group campsites.

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