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Gems in Oconaluftee - 1

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gem Favorite Inside the mill

Mingus Mill

(23) Cherokee, NC

Recommended Routes in Oconaluftee - 2

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Favorite Mount LeConte after a winter storm on the AT. Clouds hug the ridges and hoarfrost covers the trees.
Difficult

Charlies Bunion via Kephart Loop

14.5 mi 23.4 km 3,599' Up 1097 m Up 3,600' Down 1097.3 m Down

Cherokee, NC
Favorite Cold night at Kephart
Easy/Intermediate

Kephart Prong Trail

4.1 mi 6.5 km 842' Up 256.65 m Up 841' Down 256.39 m Down

Cherokee, NC

Oconaluftee Hiking

  • 136 Miles 219 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 3 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 18 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 3 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Oconaluftee - 22

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47.5 mi 76.5 km #1Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 1
Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Difficult
Bryson City, NC 11 
3.7 mi 6.0 km #2Sweat Heifer Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
3.9 mi 6.3 km #3Smokemont Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
1.6 mi 2.5 km #4Oconaluftee River Trail
Easy
Cherokee, NC
Easy
Cherokee, NC 10 
5.8 mi 9.3 km #5Mingus Creek Trail
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
6.3 mi 10.2 km #6BMT: Sections 24a (US 441 at Smokemont
 to Hughes Ridge Trail)
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
2.3 mi 3.8 km #7Fire Tower
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
4.8 mi 7.7 km #8BMT: Segment 23c (Newton Bald 
to US 441 at Smokemont)
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
0.6 mi 0.9 km #9Smokemont Nature Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
4.2 mi 6.8 km #10Dry Sluice Gap Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN

Photos of Oconaluftee - 65

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Cold night at Kephart
Jul 30, 2017 near Cherokee, NC
So peaceful here.
Jun 9, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
Across the Fork to the trail.
Oct 12, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
Mossy rocks in the river.
Jan 20, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
Oconalufttee River on the Oconalufttee river trail looking towards Cherokee.
Feb 19, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
January snow near the Oconaluftee River Trail.
Feb 19, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
Campsite at Newton's Bald.
Nov 7, 2020 near Cherokee, NC
Smokemont Baptist Church
Sep 25, 2020 near Cherokee, NC