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764 mi 1,230 km of trail 19 Runs

Gems 1 Gem Easy Trails 68 Trails Intermediate Trails 86 Trails Hard Trails 36 Trails

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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

(2) Andrews, NC

Runs in Nantahala National Forest - 19

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Favorite Wayah Bald Fire Tower stands watch over dense forests and clouded skies.
Intermediate/Difficult

AT: Winding Stair Gap to Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)

27.8 mi 44.8 km • Point to Point • 5,316 ft Ascent 1620.42 m Ascent

(7) Franklin, NC
Favorite Albert Mountain viewpoint.
Intermediate/Difficult

Standing Indian (Nantahala Headwaters) Loop

21.9 mi 35.3 km • Loop • 3,960 ft Ascent 1206.92 m Ascent

(6) Franklin, NC
Favorite Creek Crossing Mile 8.5
Intermediate/Difficult

High Line Loop

13.7 mi 22.0 km • Loop • 2,760 ft Ascent 841.11 m Ascent

(1) Cullowhee, NC
Favorite Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Headwaters Trail Run

18.6 mi 29.9 km • Loop • 2,510 ft Ascent 765.03 m Ascent

(1) Cullowhee, NC
Favorite Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Easy/Intermediate

Headwaters Half Marathon

12.7 mi 20.5 km • Loop • 2,198 ft Ascent 669.85 m Ascent

(1) Cullowhee, NC
Favorite Upper Bald River Falls along the Brookshire Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Upper Bald River Wilderness Loop

22.9 mi 36.9 km • Loop • 3,876 ft Ascent 1181.33 m Ascent

(1) Etowah, TN
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 • Loop • 828 ft Ascent 252.24 m Ascent

(1) Robbins…, NC
Favorite View from Mouse Branch Overlook Trail at Tsali
Intermediate

Tsali Frosty Foot 50K

31.4 mi 50.6 km • Point to Point • 2,967 ft Ascent 904.32 m Ascent

(3) Bryson…, NC

Trails in Nantahala National Forest - 171

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Whiteside Mountain
Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate
2.0 mi 3.2 km Cullowhee, NC 16 
102.3 mi 164.7 km #2AT: Smoky Mountain Hiking Club (TN/NC)
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
102.3 mi 164.7 km Robbinsville, NC 13 
4.0 mi 6.4 km #3Snowbird Creek Trail #64 - Lower Section
Easy
Andrews, NC
Easy
4.0 mi 6.4 km Andrews, NC
7.4 mi 12.0 km #4Stratton Bald Trail #54
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
7.4 mi 12.0 km Robbinsville, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km #5Sassafras Creek Trail #65
Easy/Intermediate
Andrews, NC
Easy/Intermediate
1.0 mi 1.6 km Andrews, NC
9.4 mi 15.2 km #6Moses Creek Road (FSR #4651)
Easy/Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Easy/Intermediate
9.4 mi 15.2 km Cullowhee, NC
3.4 mi 5.5 km #7Beech Flat Creek Trail
Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Difficult
3.4 mi 5.5 km Cullowhee, NC
4.6 mi 7.4 km #8Piney Creek Trail
Intermediate
Hazelwood, NC
Intermediate
4.6 mi 7.4 km Hazelwood, NC
1.1 mi 1.7 km #9Melton Cabin Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Easy/Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.7 km Cullowhee, NC
0.6 mi 1.0 km #10Turkey Chute
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
0.6 mi 1.0 km Robbinsville, NC
11.9 mi 19.1 km #11Slickrock Creek Trail #42
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
11.9 mi 19.1 km Robbinsville, NC
8.4 mi 13.5 km #12Mouse Branch Loop
Intermediate
Bryson City, NC
Intermediate
8.4 mi 13.5 km Bryson City, NC
5.4 mi 8.6 km #13Hangover Lead Trail #56
Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Difficult
5.4 mi 8.6 km Robbinsville, NC
48.3 mi 77.7 km #14Bartram Trail #164 - North
Intermediate/Difficult
Franklin, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
48.3 mi 77.7 km Franklin, NC
6.2 mi 10.0 km #15Yellow Mountain Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Franklin, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
6.2 mi 10.0 km Franklin, NC
0.4 mi 0.7 km #16Pickens Nose Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Franklin, NC
Easy/Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.7 km Franklin, NC
59.6 mi 95.9 km #17AT: Nantahala Hiking Club (NC)
Intermediate
Hiawassee, GA
Intermediate
59.6 mi 95.9 km Hiawassee, GA
2.7 mi 4.3 km #18Lewellyn Cove
Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult
2.7 mi 4.3 km Robbinsville, NC
4.3 mi 6.9 km #19Chattooga Hiking Trail #221
Easy/Intermediate
Cullowhee, NC
Easy/Intermediate
4.3 mi 6.9 km Cullowhee, NC
6.3 mi 10.1 km #20Haoe Lead Trail #53
Extremely Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Extremely Difficult
6.3 mi 10.1 km Robbinsville, NC

Photos of Nantahala National Forest - 104

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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
Overlook from Standing Indian Mountain on the AT
Nov 12, 2018 near Hayesville, NC
Lookout Rock provides fantastic views of Fontana Lake.
Mar 13, 2017 near Robbins…, NC
Wayah Bald Fire Tower stands watch over dense forests and clouded skies.
Jan 28, 2017 near Franklin, NC
Upper Bald River Falls along the Brookshire Creek Trail
Sep 30, 2019 near Etowah, TN
Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Aug 13, 2019 near Cullowhee, NC
Albert Mountain viewpoint.
Nov 14, 2018 near Franklin, NC
Awesome views!
Oct 11, 2018 near Robbins…, NC

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