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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 - 10

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Favorite Wayah Bald Fire Tower stands watch over dense forests and clouded skies.
Difficult 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
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Favorite Small shoals near a campsite along Long Branch Creek
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/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
Explore in 3D
Favorite Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Intermediate 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
Explore in 3D
Favorite Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Intermediate Intermediate

Panthertown Valley Loop

5.5 mi 8.8 km 822' Up 250.45 m Up 791' Down 241.13 m Down

Cullowhee, NC
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Favorite Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Intermediate/Difficult 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
Explore in 3D
Favorite Schoolhouse Falls along the Panthertown Valley trail
Intermediate/Difficult 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
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Favorite The view atop Big Scaly Mountain, Jan 2019.
Difficult 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
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Favorite Creek Crossing Mile 8.5
Difficult 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
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Favorite MST Connector to get to Bearpen Gap Falls
Intermediate Intermediate

Bearpen Gap Waterfall

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

Hazelwood, NC
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Favorite View from just below the summit of Scaly Mountain.
Intermediate Intermediate

Scaly Mountain via Bartram Trail

3.6 mi 5.9 km 1,042' Up 317.69 m Up 1,042' Down 317.64 m Down

Franklin, NC
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Nantahala National Forest Running

  • 481 Miles 774 Kilometers of Trail
  • 10 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 36 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 70 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 42 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Nantahala National Forest - 138

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2.0 mi 3.2 km #1Whiteside Mountain
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Cullowhee, NC 18 
102.3 mi 164.7 km #2AT: Smoky Mountain Hiking Club (TN/NC)
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Robbinsville, NC 14 
0.7 mi 1.2 km #3Big Scaly Mountain Trail
Difficult Difficult
Hayesville, NC
Difficult Difficult
Hayesville, NC
0.5 mi 0.9 km #4Big Laurel Falls Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Franklin, NC
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Franklin, NC
0.4 mi 0.6 km #5Raven Rock Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Hayesville, NC
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Hayesville, NC
1.5 mi 2.4 km #6Snowbird Creek Trail #64 - Middle Section
Difficult Difficult
Andrews, NC
Difficult Difficult
Andrews, NC
6.2 mi 10.0 km #7Yellow Mountain Trail
Difficult Difficult
Franklin, NC
Difficult Difficult
Franklin, NC
1.0 mi 1.6 km #8Sassafras Creek Trail #65
Intermediate Intermediate
Andrews, NC
Intermediate Intermediate
Andrews, NC
3.4 mi 5.5 km #9Holden Cove Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Hayesville, NC
Intermediate Intermediate
Hayesville, NC
1.2 mi 2.0 km #10Ranger Falls Loop
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Franklin, NC
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Franklin, NC

Photos of Nantahala National Forest - 133

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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
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
Mouse Branch Overlook
Sep 5, 2023 near Bryson…, NC
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