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Oconaluftee River Trail

 3 votes

1.6 Miles 2.5 Kilometers


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Ascent

-39' -12 m

Descent

2,025' 617 m

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1,987' 606 m

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A short, easy trail to the edge of Cherokee, North Carolina.

Tom Walsh

Overview

Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: The trail is easy for all children and provides great places to explore.
Dogs: Leashed

Description

The trail runs from the Oconaluftee Visitor Center past a historic farm setting then along the Oconaluftee River to the edge of Cherokee, NC. It is a well maintained and relatively flat with a few small hills. The trail winds through dense forest, which provides nice shade in the summer and a wind break in the winter. There is one easy road crossing at Saunooke Bridge road (Google maps mislabels this as 441) then the trail continues for approximately 1/10th mile before turning back.

Elk frequent this area so be watchful. The Oconaluftee River Trail is frequently used by joggers, walkers, and bicyclists.

Flora & Fauna

Spring flowers, moss, and ferns blanket the forest floor, rocks, and trees. Poison ivy is very prevalent though out this area so be watchful when venturing off trail.

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Nov 22, 2017
David Hitchcock
Hike out and back along the River toward sunset. Nice, easy hike along the river. 3mi
May 15, 2017
John Harris
2mi
May 10, 2017
Christina Harms
3mi
Oct 28, 2016
Joey Kuras
Saw lots of elk here
Sep 20, 2016
Ainsley Passink
3mi — 1h 30m
Jul 29, 2016
Katie Latta
1mi

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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