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748 mi 1,204 km of trail 19 Featured Hikes

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 64 Trails Intermediate Trails 84 Trails Hard Trails 37 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

(2) Andrews, NC

Featured Hikes in Nantahala National Forest - 12

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

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

27.8 mi 44.8 km • Point to Point • 5,316 ft Ascent 1620.42 m Ascent

(7) Franklin, NC
Favorite Albert Mountain viewpoint.
Intermediate/Difficult

Standing Indian (Nantahala Headwaters) Loop

21.9 mi 35.3 km • Loop • 3,960 ft Ascent 1206.92 m Ascent

(6) Franklin, NC
Favorite Creek Crossing Mile 8.5
Intermediate/Difficult

High Line Loop

13.7 mi 22.0 km • Loop • 2,760 ft Ascent 841.11 m Ascent

(1) Cullowhee, NC
Favorite Upper Bald River Falls along the Brookshire Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Upper Bald River Wilderness Loop

21.2 mi 34.0 km • Point to Point • 2,971 ft Ascent 905.5 m Ascent

(1) Etowah, TN
Favorite Switch back at a creek
Intermediate

Thompson Loop

7.3 mi 11.7 km • Loop • 642 ft Ascent 195.79 m Ascent

(4) Bryson…, NC
Favorite Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Intermediate

Panthertown Valley Loop

5.5 mi 8.8 km • Loop • 822 ft Ascent 250.45 m Ascent

(10) Cullowhee, NC
Favorite Old growth tree
Easy/Intermediate

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop

1.7 mi 2.7 km • Point to Point • 364 ft Ascent 110.95 m Ascent

(3) Robbins…, NC
Favorite beech creek
Intermediate/Difficult

Beech Creek Trail to Big Scaly Mountain

9.9 mi 15.9 km • Loop • 2,649 ft Ascent 807.37 m Ascent

(1) Hayesville, NC
Favorite Yellow Creek Falls.
Intermediate

Yellow Creek Falls

0.6 mi 0.9 km • Out and Back • 132 ft Ascent 40.34 m Ascent

(3) Robbins…, NC
Favorite View from William's Pulpit on the Bartram Trail
Intermediate

William's Pulpit Out-and-Back

4.1 mi 6.6 km • Out and Back • 966 ft Ascent 294.52 m Ascent

(2) Franklin, NC
Favorite Out House
Intermediate

Mysterious Cabin Loop

9.1 mi 14.6 km • Loop • 1,215 ft Ascent 370.47 m Ascent

(4) Cullowhee, NC
Favorite MST Connector to get to Bearpen Gap Falls
Intermediate

Bearpen Gap Waterfall

3.2 mi 5.2 km • Out and Back • 626 ft Ascent 190.93 m Ascent

(1) Hazelwood, NC

Trails in Nantahala National Forest - 166

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102.3 mi 164.7 km #1AT: Smoky Mountain Hiking Club (TN/NC)
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
102.3 mi 164.7 km Robbinsville, NC 13 
2.0 mi 3.2 km #2Whiteside Mountain
Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.2 km Cullowhee, NC 15 
4.0 mi 6.4 km #3Snowbird Creek Trail #64 - Lower Section
Easy
Andrews, NC
Easy
4.0 mi 6.4 km Andrews, NC
7.4 mi 12.0 km #4Stratton Bald Trail #54
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
7.4 mi 12.0 km Robbinsville, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km #5Sassafras Creek Trail #65
Easy/Intermediate
Andrews, NC
Easy/Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.6 km Andrews, NC
9.4 mi 15.2 km #6Moses Creek Road (FSR #4651)
Easy/Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Easy/Intermediate
9.4 mi 15.2 km Cullowhee, NC
3.4 mi 5.5 km #7Beech Flat Creek Trail
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Difficult
3.4 mi 5.5 km Cullowhee, NC
4.6 mi 7.4 km #8Piney Creek Trail
Intermediate
Hazelwood, NC
Intermediate
4.6 mi 7.4 km Hazelwood, NC
1.1 mi 1.7 km #9Melton Cabin Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Easy/Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.7 km Cullowhee, NC
0.6 mi 1.0 km #10Turkey Chute
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
0.6 mi 1.0 km Robbinsville, NC
11.9 mi 19.1 km #11Slickrock Creek Trail #42
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
11.9 mi 19.1 km Robbinsville, NC
8.4 mi 13.5 km #12Mouse Branch Loop
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
8.4 mi 13.5 km Bryson City, NC
5.4 mi 8.6 km #13Hangover Lead Trail #56
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
5.4 mi 8.6 km Robbinsville, NC
48.3 mi 77.7 km #14Bartram Trail #164 - North
Intermediate/Difficult
Franklin, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
48.3 mi 77.7 km Franklin, NC
0.4 mi 0.7 km #15Pickens Nose Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Franklin, NC
Easy/Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.7 km Franklin, NC
6.2 mi 10.0 km #16Yellow Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Franklin, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
6.2 mi 10.0 km Franklin, NC
59.6 mi 95.9 km #17AT: Nantahala Hiking Club (NC)
Intermediate
Hiawassee, GA
Intermediate
59.6 mi 95.9 km Hiawassee, GA
2.7 mi 4.3 km #18Lewellyn Cove
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
2.7 mi 4.3 km Robbinsville, NC
6.3 mi 10.1 km #19Haoe Lead Trail #53
Extremely Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Extremely Difficult
6.3 mi 10.1 km Robbinsville, NC
9.0 mi 14.5 km #20BMT: Segment 16c-16d (Sledrunner Gap to Tellico River)
Intermediate/Difficult
Murphy, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
9.0 mi 14.5 km Murphy, NC

Photos of Nantahala National Forest - 94

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Overlook from Standing Indian Mountain on the AT
Nov 12, 2018 near Hayesville, NC
Lunch time, and maybe time for a nap, at The Hangover. Joyce Kilmer Slickrock Wilderness.
Mar 10, 2017 near Robbins…, NC
Wayah Bald Fire Tower stands watch over dense forests and clouded skies.
Jan 28, 2017 near Franklin, NC
Lookout Rock provides fantastic views of Fontana Lake.
Mar 13, 2017 near Robbins…, NC
Upper Bald River Falls along the Brookshire Creek Trail
Sep 30, 2019 near Etowah, TN
Upper Bald River Falls along the Brookshire Creek Trail
Sep 30, 2019 near Etowah, TN
Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Aug 13, 2019 near Cullowhee, NC
Observation point at Glen Falls in Highlands, NC
Apr 1, 2019 near Franklin, NC

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