Hiking is a cheap and easy way to explore and enjoy the outdoors. In Cherokee County, you can choose to hike through the Nantahala National Forest, go on a hike through the mountains or even hike to one of our waterfalls. There are hundreds of trails that are designated for hikers and backpackers to enjoy and many of them are open to the public year round. Along our trails you’ll find picnic areas where you can stop to rest or enjoy a picnic. There are lakes and rivers around if you decide you want to go for a swim. You’ll also find restrooms that are open for hikers to utilize.
North Carolina is home to some of the highest mountain peaks in the East. Since Cherokee County is at the meeting of three sets of mountains, the Appalachian Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smoky Mountains, there are plenty of hiking trails for hikers of any level. Whether you’re looking to climb difficult trails that take you to the top of the mountain or are looking to go on a relaxing hike through the woods, you can find it here. Our location has made us a prime destination for hiking and backpacking.