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Nantahala National Forest

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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 - 19

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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 View from Mouse Branch Overlook Trail at Tsali
Intermediate

Tsali Frosty Foot 50K

31.3 mi 50.4 km 2,303' Up 701.84 m Up 2,250' Down 685.82 m Down

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

Headwaters Half Marathon

12.7 mi 20.5 km 2,198' Up 669.85 m Up 2,200' Down 670.49 m Down

Cullowhee, NC
Favorite The Bee Cove Trail crosses the creek over this robust bridge.
Intermediate

Writers Who Run 10k Trail Race

6.1 mi 9.9 km 828' Up 252.24 m Up 837' Down 255 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 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

Nantahala National Forest Running

  • 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