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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 - 12

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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
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 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 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 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
Favorite Yellow Creek Falls.
Intermediate

Yellow Creek Falls

0.6 mi 0.9 km 132' Up 40.34 m Up 132' Down 40.33 m Down

Robbins…, NC
Favorite The view atop Big Scaly Mountain, Jan 2019.
Difficult

Beech Creek Trail to Big Scaly Mountain

9.9 mi 15.9 km 2,649' Up 807.37 m Up 2,650' Down 807.68 m Down

Hayesville, NC
Favorite Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Big Green Mountain — Little Green Mountain Loop

8.5 mi 13.6 km 1,173' Up 357.57 m Up 1,172' Down 357.09 m Down

Brevard, NC
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 View from William's Pulpit on the Bartram Trail
Intermediate

William's Pulpit Out-and-Back

4.1 mi 6.6 km 966' Up 294.52 m Up 966' Down 294.4 m Down

Franklin, NC
Favorite MST Connector to get to Bearpen Gap Falls
Intermediate

Bearpen Gap Waterfall

3.2 mi 5.2 km 626' Up 190.93 m Up 627' Down 191.04 m Down

Hazelwood, NC

Nantahala National Forest Hiking

  • 997 Miles 1,604 Kilometers of Trail
  • 19 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 43 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 95 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 58 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Nantahala National Forest - 177

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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
7.6 mi 12.2 km #4Brookshire Creek Trail #180
Intermediate/Difficult
Etowah, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Etowah, TN
9.0 mi 14.5 km #5Wayehutta Loop
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
0.7 mi 1.2 km #6Big Scaly Mountain Trail
Difficult
Hayesville, NC
Difficult
Hayesville, NC
0.5 mi 0.9 km #7Big Laurel Falls Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Franklin, NC
Easy/Intermediate
Franklin, NC
0.6 mi 1.0 km #8Turkey Chute
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
0.4 mi 0.6 km #9Raven Rock Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Hayesville, NC
Easy/Intermediate
Hayesville, NC
11.9 mi 19.1 km #10Slickrock Creek Trail #42
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC

Photos of Nantahala National Forest - 125

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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
The view atop Big Scaly Mountain, Jan 2019.
Mar 4, 2020 near Hayesville, NC
View - Shadows of the South Race
Mar 2, 2021 near Franklin, NC
Raven Rock Overlook
Feb 2, 2021 near Hayesville, NC
Overlook from Standing Indian Mountain on the AT
Nov 12, 2018 near Hayesville, NC
Small shoals near a campsite along Long Branch Creek
Mar 23, 2020 near Franklin, NC
Lookout Rock provides fantastic views of Fontana Lake.
Mar 13, 2017 near Robbins…, NC
Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Aug 13, 2019 near Cullowhee, NC