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Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from the Southern Terminus

Cherokee, North Carolina

5.0

Oconaluftee River Trail

Cherokee, North Carolina

3.14 mi / 171 ft gain

Mingus Mill and Newton Bald Trail

Cherokee, North Carolina

10.52 mi / 3251 ft gain

Mingo Falls

Cherokee, North Carolina

4.2
0.22 mi / 148 ft gain

Smokemont Loop Trail

Cherokee, North Carolina

6.06 mi / 1627 ft gain

Barrett Knob Fire Tower

Bureau of Indian Affairs Highway 506, North Carolina

5.0
1.21 mi / 400 ft gain

Chasteen Creek Trail

Cherokee, North Carolina

10.85 mi / 2877 ft gain

Bradley Fork, Dry Sluice Gap, Appalachian, Hughes Ridge and Chasteen Creek Loop

Cherokee, North Carolina

24.03 mi / 5203 ft gain

Bradley Fork and Chasteen Creek Loop Trail

Cherokee, North Carolina

16.91 mi / 3579 ft gain

Places to stay

Tow String Horse Camp

Cherokee, North Carolina

Tow String Horse Camp

Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA Holiday

Cherokee, North Carolina

Cherokee / Great Smokies KOA Holiday

Smokemont Group Camp

Cherokee, North Carolina

Smokemont Group Camp

Smokemont Campground

Cherokee, North Carolina

Smokemont Campground

Collins Creek Picnic Pavilion

Cherokee, North Carolina

Collins Creek Picnic Pavilion

Deep Creek Group Camp

Bryson City, North Carolina

Deep Creek Group Camp

Guides and stories

The 5 Best Fall Hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The 5 Best Fall Hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Christian Murillo

6 Inspiring Photos from the Smoky Mountains

6 Inspiring Photos from the Smoky Mountains

Nick Spicer

Indulge in Adventure at this Base Camp Near the Great Smoky Mountains

Indulge in Adventure at this Base Camp Near the Great Smoky Mountains

The Outbound Collective

20 Must-Do Hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

20 Must-Do Hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Outbound Collective

The Smokies Are Still Alive!

The Smokies Are Still Alive!

Merritt McKinney

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