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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 - 9

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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 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 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 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 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
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 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 Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Headwaters Trail Run

18.6 mi 29.9 km 2,510' Up 765.03 m Up 2,513' Down 766.02 m Down

Cullowhee, 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

Nantahala National Forest Running

  • 596 Miles 960 Kilometers of Trail
  • 9 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 36 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 67 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 42 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Nantahala National Forest - 136

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59.6 mi 95.9 km #1AT: Nantahala Hiking Club (NC)
Intermediate
Hiawassee, GA
Intermediate
Hiawassee, GA
2.0 mi 3.2 km #2Whiteside Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC 18 
6.9 mi 11.1 km #3Beech Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Hiawassee, GA
Intermediate/Difficult
Hiawassee, GA
1.8 mi 2.8 km #4Burntrock Ridge Trail #65A
Intermediate/Difficult
Andrews, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
Andrews, NC
4.0 mi 6.4 km #5Snowbird Creek Trail #64 - Lower Section
Easy/Intermediate
Andrews, NC
Easy/Intermediate
Andrews, NC
4.1 mi 6.5 km #6Snowbird Creek Trail #64 - Upper Section
Difficult
Andrews, NC
Difficult
Andrews, NC
1.5 mi 2.4 km #7Snowbird Creek Trail #64 - Middle Section
Difficult
Andrews, NC
Difficult
Andrews, NC
1.1 mi 1.8 km #8Middle Falls Trail #64A
Difficult
Andrews, NC
Difficult
Andrews, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km #9Sassafras Creek Trail #65
Intermediate
Andrews, NC
Intermediate
Andrews, NC
2.3 mi 3.8 km #10Mitchell Lick Trail #154
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
Lookout Rock provides fantastic views of Fontana Lake.
Mar 13, 2017 near Robbins…, NC
Overlook from Standing Indian Mountain on the AT
Nov 12, 2018 near Hayesville, NC
Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Aug 13, 2019 near Cullowhee, NC
The view atop Big Scaly Mountain, Jan 2019.
Mar 4, 2020 near Hayesville, NC
Small shoals near a campsite along Long Branch Creek
Mar 23, 2020 near Franklin, NC
Raven Rock Overlook
Feb 2, 2021 near Hayesville, NC
View - Shadows of the South Race
Mar 2, 2021 near Franklin, NC