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The Best Hiking in Cherokee

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Top hiking spots in and near Cherokee

  • Cherokee, North Carolina

    Oconaluftee River Trail

    3.14 mi / 171 ft gain
    Oconaluftee River Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Cherokee, North Carolina.
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  • Cherokee, North Carolina

    Mingus Mill and Newton Bald Trail

    10.52 mi / 3251 ft gain
    Mingus Mill and Newton Bald Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cherokee, North Carolina.
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  • Cherokee, North Carolina

    Mingo Falls

    4.2
    0.22 mi / 148 ft gain
    Although it is not much of a hike at just 0.3 miles, it is accessible to people of all fitness levels.  A climb up a series of stairs leads you to a trail overlooking Mingo creek.  You will then find a 20 foot wide bridge which serves as the viewing platform of the falls.   If you care to advent...
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  • Cherokee, North Carolina

    Smokemont Loop Trail

    6.06 mi / 1627 ft gain
    Smokemont Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cherokee, North Carolina.
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  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Highway 506, North Carolina

    Barrett Knob Fire Tower

    5.0
    1.21 mi / 400 ft gain
    Your hike will start at the base of the Blue Ridge Parkway just a few miles from the start in Cherokee. The trail starts right off of the parkway in a very small easy to miss dirt road. There is a small area to park that then you start your hike up the dirt road right after the gate. The hike to ...
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  • Cherokee, North Carolina

    Chasteen Creek Trail

    10.85 mi / 2877 ft gain
    Chasteen Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Cherokee, North Carolina.
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  • Cherokee, North Carolina

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

    24.03 mi / 5203 ft gain
    Bradley Fork, Dry Sluice Gap, Appalachian, Hughes Ridge and Chasteen Creek Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Cherokee, North Carolina.
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  • Cherokee, North Carolina

    Bradley Fork Trail

    8.44 mi / 1079 ft gain
    Bradley Fork Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cosby, Tennessee.
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  • Cherokee, North Carolina

    Bradley Fork and Chasteen Creek Loop Trail

    16.91 mi / 3579 ft gain
    Bradley Fork and Chasteen Creek Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Cherokee, North Carolina.
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  • Bryson City, North Carolina

    Deep Creek to Clingmans Dome Loop

    32.82 mi / 7400 ft gain
    This is a ~36 mile loop that goes up Clingman's Dome (the tallest point in Tennessee). Pretty challenging, not for the novice backpacker. Park at Deep Creek campground in Bryson City, NC. We did it as a 3-day, 2-night camping at sites 53 and 61. As it is a loop it could easily be done in reverse....
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  • Bryson City, North Carolina

    Hike to Tom Branch and Indian Creek Falls

    4.5
    1.6 mi
    From the Deep Creek Trailhead, you can hike to both waterfalls heading up the Deep Creek Trail. You will come across Tom Branch Falls quickly, after 0.2 miles. Once you've had your fill of Tom Branch, head further along the Deep Creek Trail for another 0.5 miles. Turn right on the Indian Creek Tr...
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  • Bryson City, North Carolina

    Hike the Juney Whank Falls Loop

    4.0
    0.65 mi / 150 ft gain
    Starting at the Deep Creek Trailhead, take a short walk until the trail meets up with Juney Whank Falls Trail. From here, hang a left and head onto the Juney Whank Falls Trail. Once you've reached the falls, continue the loop to get back to the trailhead.  The falls are said to be named after Mr...
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  • Bryson City, North Carolina

    Deep Creek Loop

    5.0
    5.01 mi / 892 ft gain
    After parking in the Deep Creek Campground parking lot follow the signs for the Deep Creek Trailhead. The Tom Branch waterfall is just .3 miles on the right side. Hike another .5 miles, at the next intersection stay right, and you will approach Indian Creek Falls. After viewing the falls you ca...
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  • Bryson City, North Carolina

    Deep Creek/Indian Creek Loop

    13.37 mi / 2382 ft gain
    Deep Creek/Indian Creek Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Bryson City, North Carolina.
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  • Bryson City, North Carolina

    Hike Three Waterfalls Loop

    5.0
    2.4 mi / 450 ft gain
    Start the loop by hiking the Juney Whank Falls Trail to Juney Whank Falls. The footbridge across the creek makes an excellent place to rest and take in the falls. Follow the trail across the bridge and up the bank. After about 300 feet take a right and follow Deep Creek Horse Trail towards Deep C...
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  • Bryson City, North Carolina

    Indian Creek and Sunkota Ridge Trail

    11.71 mi / 2146 ft gain
    Indian Creek and Sunkota Ridge Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Bryson City, North Carolina.
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