A destination spot for backpackers nation-wide, Cherokee County has something for everyone, from strenuous mountain hikes to scenic, well-travelled trails. With a mild climate and rich natural resources, you can pack up and tramp through the Nantahala Wilderness along the fierce rapids of the Nantahala or the Hiwassee River ways.
Backpacking in the smoky mountains is a treat no matter what season. In fall, we have beautiful Appalachian colors and temperate weather, and in winter you can often see snow-capped peaks in the Blue Ridge. Summer and spring are a special treat with wild-flowers and rhododendron patches growing wild along the trails.
Just outside of Cherokee County, intrepid backpackers can also gain access to the famed Appalachian Trail. Stretching 2,200 miles from Maine to Georgia, this trail is the crown-jewel of backpacking and traverses one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world. Be sure to bring the 10 Essentials and come prepared for wildlife including black bears and even elk!
If you are backpacking in North Carolina, contact the USFS for Appalachian Mountain trail maps or for advice on the best backpacking jaunts!
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