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Gems in Oconaluftee - 1

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gem Favorite Inside the mill

Mingus Mill

(18) Cherokee, NC

Recommended Routes in Oconaluftee - 2

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Favorite Mount LeConte after a winter storm on the AT. Clouds hug the ridges and hoarfrost covers the trees.
Difficult

Charlies Bunion via Kephart Loop

14.5 mi 23.4 km 3,599' Up 1097 m Up 3,600' Down 1097.3 m Down

Cherokee, NC
Favorite The Kephart Shelter is a fantastic place to lay your head after a long day.
Intermediate

Kephart Prong Trail

4.1 mi 6.5 km 842' Up 256.65 m Up 841' Down 256.39 m Down

Cherokee, NC

Oconaluftee Running

  • 136 Miles 219 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 3 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 18 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 3 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Oconaluftee - 22

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47.5 mi 76.5 km #1Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 1
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Bryson City, NC
3.7 mi 6.0 km #2Sweat Heifer Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
3.9 mi 6.3 km #3Smokemont Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
5.8 mi 9.3 km #4Mingus Creek Trail
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
6.3 mi 10.2 km #5BMT: Sections 24a (US 441 at Smokemont
 to Hughes Ridge Trail)
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
2.3 mi 3.8 km #6Fire Tower
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
4.8 mi 7.7 km #7BMT: Segment 23c (Newton Bald 
to US 441 at Smokemont)
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Difficult
Cherokee, NC
0.6 mi 0.9 km #8Smokemont Nature Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cherokee, NC
1.6 mi 2.5 km #9Oconaluftee River Trail
Easy
Cherokee, NC
Easy
Cherokee, NC
4.2 mi 6.8 km #10Dry Sluice Gap Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN
Intermediate/Difficult
Gatlinburg, TN

Photos of Oconaluftee - 65

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So peaceful here.
Jun 9, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
Oconalufttee River on the Oconalufttee river trail looking towards Cherokee.
Feb 19, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
January snow near the Oconaluftee River Trail.
Feb 19, 2016 near Cherokee, NC
Campsite at Newton's Bald.
Nov 7, 2020 near Cherokee, NC
Smokemont Baptist Church
Sep 25, 2020 near Cherokee, NC
Mingus Falls
Jul 3, 2019 near Cherokee, NC
Gorgeous views await on your way to Charlies Bunion.
Feb 21, 2017 near Gatlinburg, TN
Mingus Creek runs alongside the trail, providing great opportunities to see small cascades as the creek makes its way down toward the Oconaluftee River.
Nov 25, 2017 near Cherokee, NC