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Oconaluftee River Trail

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 3.3 (7)

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


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1.6

Miles

2.5

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Point to Point

2,025' 617 m

High

1,987' 606 m

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39' 12 m

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Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The trail is easy for all children and provides great places to explore.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Walsh

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 7 votes

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in Oconaluftee

#19011

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in Oconaluftee

#722

in North Carolina

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Oconalufttee River on the Oconalufttee river trail looking towards Cherokee.
Feb 19, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
So peaceful here.
Jun 9, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
January snow near the Oconaluftee River Trail.
Feb 19, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
Mountain Farm Museum at Oconuluftee Visitor Center.
Sep 2, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
Elk in the Fall months are in rut and can become very unpredictable.
Feb 19, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
A peek into the humble housing preserved at the Mountain Farm Museum.
Aug 4, 2016 near Cherokee, NC

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Jun 22, 2020
Joe Mitchell
Jun 16, 2020
Brittany Deas
3mi
Nov 30, 2019
Austin James
Started th day
Nov 4, 2019
Meggie Tran
Walking around the Mountain Farm Museum.
Oct 18, 2019
Zap Brannigan
With 2 dogs 3mi — 1h 00m
Oct 15, 2019
Rick Brown
Hike with Jasper
Aug 26, 2019
K Z
0.8mi — 1h 00m
Jul 30, 2019
Kelly Champion-Smith