Day Hiking

View of Conasauga Falls from Trail in Cherokee National Forest

Take a day hike to one of the many scenic destinations in the Cherokee National Forest.  Some hikes are more challenging than others. 

Some easy walks include:

Rhododendron Trail #332.  A 1.6-mile, one-way hike/bike trail along the world famous Ocoee River connects Ocoee Whitewater Center and Thunder Rock Campground. (Ocoee River Zone)

Indian Boundary Lake Trail #129.  A 3.1-mile hike/bike loop trail leads you around scenic Indian Boundary Lake with views of surrounding mountains. (Tellico River Zone)

Appalachian National Scenic Trail #1 at Osborne Farm where Cross Mountain bridges Holston Mountain and Iron Mountain.  This easy, half-mile slice of A.T. provides everyone an opportunity to enjoy the pastoral mountain views of Shady Valley (Iron Mountain Zone)

Appalachian Trail #1 on Roan Mountain.  Hike less than a mile from Carvers Gap to find yourself on top of the world.  Round Bald with its incredible panoramic views is the first in a series of grassy balds.  Jane Bald and Grassy Ridge might beckon you to hike even further. (Roan Mountain Zone)

Day Hiking Areas

  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  • Bald Mountains
  • Margarette Falls Hike
  • Old Forge Recreation Area
  • Round Knob Picnic Area
  • Sill Branch Falls Hike
  • Squibb Creek Falls and Pete's Branch Falls Hikes
  • Big Frog Area
  • Conasauga River Blue Hole
  • Citico Creek Area
  • Falls Branch Falls Hike
  • Coker Creek Area
  • Coker Creek Falls Hike
  • Conasauga Falls Hike
  • Hiwassee River Area
  • Turtletown Falls Hike
  • Iron Mountains
  • Backbone Falls Hike
  • Gentry Creek Falls Hike
  • Ocoee River Area
  • Benton Falls Hike
  • Chilhowee Recreation Area
  • Chilhowee Trail System
  • Ocoee Whitewater Center
  • Parksville Lake Campground
  • Rock Creek Gorge Waterfalls Hike
  • Tanasi Trail System
  • Starr Mountain Area
  • Gee Creek Falls Hike
  • Tellico River Area
  • Bald River Gorge Day Hike
  • Indian Boundary Recreation Area
  • Unaka Mountains
  • Chestoa Overlook
  • Chestoa Recreation Area
  • Pinnacle Tower Hike
  • Rock Creek Falls Hike
  • Rock Creek Recreation Area
  • Watauga Lake Area
  • Coon Den Falls Hike
  • Dennis Cove Recreation Area
  • Laurel Fork Falls Hike

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities