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Nantahala National Forest

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753 mi 1,211 km of trail 20 Recommended Routes

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 37 Trails Intermediate Trails 90 Trails Hard Trails 63 Trails

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Gems in Nantahala National Forest - 1

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gem Favorite Middle Falls on Snowbird Creek

Middle Falls on Snowbird Creek

(3) Andrews, NC

Recommended Routes in Nantahala National Forest - 14

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Favorite Wayah Bald Fire Tower stands watch over dense forests and clouded skies.
Difficult

AT: Winding Stair Gap to Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)

27.8 mi 44.8 km 5,316' Up 1620.42 m Up 7,280' Down 2219.01 m Down

Franklin, NC
Favorite Small shoals near a campsite along Long Branch Creek
Difficult

Standing Indian (Nantahala Headwaters) Loop

21.9 mi 35.3 km 3,960' Up 1206.92 m Up 3,972' Down 1210.8 m Down

Franklin, NC
Favorite Upper Bald River Falls along the Brookshire Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Upper Bald River Wilderness Loop

22.9 mi 36.9 km 3,876' Up 1181.33 m Up 3,889' Down 1185.22 m Down

Etowah, TN
Favorite Creek Crossing Mile 8.5
Difficult

High Line Loop

13.7 mi 22.0 km 2,760' Up 841.11 m Up 2,769' Down 844.08 m Down

Cullowhee, NC
Favorite Wayah Bald Fire Tower stands watch over dense forests and clouded skies.
Very Difficult

NOC AT/BT Loop

53.8 mi 86.6 km 13,454' Up 4100.85 m Up 13,446' Down 4098.42 m Down

Robbins…, NC
Favorite Old growth tree
Intermediate

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop

1.7 mi 2.7 km 364' Up 110.95 m Up 364' Down 110.91 m Down

Robbins…, NC
Favorite Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Intermediate

Panthertown Valley Loop

5.5 mi 8.8 km 822' Up 250.45 m Up 791' Down 241.13 m Down

Cullowhee, NC
Favorite Switch back at a creek
Intermediate

Thompson Loop

7.3 mi 11.7 km 642' Up 195.79 m Up 641' Down 195.36 m Down

Bryson…, NC

Trails in Nantahala National Forest - 170

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Whiteside Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC 18 
102.3 mi 164.7 km #2AT: Smoky Mountain Hiking Club (TN/NC)
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC 14 
7.4 mi 12.0 km #3Stratton Bald Trail #54
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
9.4 mi 15.2 km #4Moses Creek Road (FSR #4651)
Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
3.4 mi 5.5 km #5Beech Flat Creek Trail
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
9.0 mi 14.5 km #6Wayehutta Loop
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
4.6 mi 7.4 km #7Piney Creek Trail
Intermediate
Hazelwood, NC
Intermediate
Hazelwood, NC
1.1 mi 1.7 km #8Melton Cabin Trail
Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
0.7 mi 1.2 km #9Big Scaly Mountain Trail
Difficult
Hayesville, NC
Difficult
Hayesville, NC
0.6 mi 1.0 km #10Turkey Chute
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
0.5 mi 0.9 km #11Big Laurel Falls Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Franklin, NC
Easy/Intermediate
Franklin, NC
0.9 mi 1.4 km #12Scaly Mountain
Intermediate
Franklin, NC
Intermediate
Franklin, NC
11.9 mi 19.1 km #13Slickrock Creek Trail #42
Very Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Very Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
8.4 mi 13.5 km #14Mouse Branch Loop
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
5.4 mi 8.6 km #15Hangover Lead Trail #56
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km #16Sassafras Creek Trail #65
Intermediate
Andrews, NC
Intermediate
Andrews, NC
6.3 mi 10.1 km #17Haoe Lead Trail #53
Very Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Very Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
1.5 mi 2.4 km #18Snowbird Creek Trail #64 - Middle Section
Difficult
Andrews, NC
Difficult
Andrews, NC
4.0 mi 6.4 km #19Snowbird Creek Trail #64 - Lower Section
Easy/Intermediate
Andrews, NC
Easy/Intermediate
Andrews, NC
48.3 mi 77.7 km #20Bartram Trail #164 - North
Intermediate/Difficult
Franklin, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Franklin, NC

Photos of Nantahala National Forest - 118

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Lunch time, and maybe time for a nap, at The Hangover. Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness.
Mar 10, 2017 near Robbins…, NC
Small shoals near a campsite along Long Branch Creek
Mar 23, 2020 near Franklin, NC
The view atop Big Scaly Mountain, Jan 2019.
Mar 4, 2020 near Hayesville, NC
Overlook from Standing Indian Mountain on the AT
Nov 12, 2018 near Hayesville, NC
Lookout Rock provides fantastic views of Fontana Lake.
Mar 13, 2017 near Robbins…, NC
Wayah Bald Fire Tower stands watch over dense forests and clouded skies.
Jan 28, 2017 near Franklin, NC
View from Bear Pen Gap
Apr 7, 2020 near Robbins…, NC
Hang Over Photo by Will Dukes
Apr 7, 2020 near Robbins…, NC