Trails in the Nantahala National Forest Trailhead Area

Here is a list of all trails in the Nantahala National Forest Trailhead area.

Each trail has its own printable page with all the information and links, including (where available):

  • directions to the starting point
  • difficulty
  • length
  • elevation change
  • a map
  • photos from along the way, and
  • a detailed description and trail directions.

For general information about the Nantahala National Forest trailhead, see the Nantahala National Forest Trailhead page.

Need to find trails by another method? Go back to Trails.

Alarka Falls Trail

Moderate
  • Unofficial but well-used path leading to the base of Alarka Falls.
  • 0.5mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Big Shoals Trail

Moderate
  • Moderate trail on both old road beds and purpose-built sections leads to "Secret Falls". Not so secret anymore.
  • 0.64mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Brooks Cove Trail

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Cable Cove Nature Trail

  • Cable Cove Nature Trail is located on the Cheoah Ranger District in the Cable Cove Campground. Through out the trail there are numerous tree and shrub species identified by trail signs. The trail length is 1 mile and has an elevation change of 1960...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Gently,

Cable Gap Trail

  • mi, ,

Hooper Bald Trail

Easy
  • Located along the Cherohala Skyway. Climbs to the summit of Hooper Bald.
  • 0.5mi, ,

Indian Creek Trail

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Locust Cove Trail

  • mi, ,

Lookout Rock Trail

  • mi, ,

Maple Springs Trail

  • mi, ,

Nell's Cabin Trail

Moderate
  • An old unmaintained forest road leads along a north slope to the site used for the filming of the movie *Nell*. The cabin has been removed.
  • 1.9mi, Climbs Moderately,

Nolton Ridge Trail

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Rattler Ford Trail

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Rufus Morgan Trail

Moderate
  • The signed, blazed, and easy-to-follow trail is a loop, about a mile long, with no intersections. It leads to 60' Rufus Morgan Falls at its far end - a great destination. There are some steep and narrow spots, but overall it's a moderate trek. One...
  • 1.0mi, Climbs Moderately, Some Obstacles

Santeetlah Bluffs Trail

  • mi, ,

Wesser Creek Trail

More Difficult
  • A.T. Side Trail
  • 6.2mi, Climbs Moderately, Moderately Rough

Whitewater Falls Walkway Trail

Easy
  • This paved path leads 1/4 mile through a nice forest to the upper overlook for Whitewater Falls. An optional set of 154 wooden steps leads to a lower overlook with a slightly different view. Excellent wheelchair-accessible trail is also great for...
  • 0.3mi, Climbs Gently, Paved