Luxury Cabin NC – Things to Do – Hiking

This is just a few of the many hikes in our area – we have activity books at the cabin with directions, etc.

Max Patch This is one our favorite hikes because of the amazing views.  This 4,600 foot mountain was cleared and used as pasture in the 1800’s.  Now it’s a 350 acre tract of open land on a high knob with 360 degree views.  You walk up a grassy knoll which is a gradual uphill walk, there are a couple loop hikes you can do as well.  At the top it intersects the Appalachian Trail.

Pickens Nose This is an especially great hike in early summer as you walk through a canopy of rhododendron and mountain laurels.   Rising high from the surrounding valleys in the Standing Indian Basin, Pickens Nose juts a rocky summit like an angular bird beak. The multiple overlooks offer outstanding, sweeping views of the surrounding Southern Nantahala Wilderness.   The hike is a moderate one, spanning .75 mile each way (25-30 min.).   

Wayah Bald This historic fire tower gives great views of the southern Appalachian Mountains in 3 States.  Both the Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail cross at the tower so you’ll meet a lot of cross country hikers.  You drive in and park and then walk on short paved walkway to the tower. 

Big Laurel Falls Trail This hike leads to the 20′ waterfall and two swimming holes.  The first is easy to get to and a great spot to chill on a warm summer day. It’s about 5′ deep.  The second is more difficult to get to and more secluded 4-5′ deep.

Whiteside Mountain Trail This trail makes a loop and can be hiked in two different directions (and difficulties).  It takes you on top of sheer 750-ft. high cliffs (there are railings for safety) with outstanding views 4,930 elevation.  

The Little Tennessee River Greenway The Greenway path is especially suited for lovers of wildlife and wildflowers, with three scenic bridge crossings, park and picnic pavilions, canoe and kayak landings.  The trail also connects to a 3-mile mountain bike trail.   The Greenway offers an easy walk (or you can bike) along the Little Tennessee River and there are spots to fish and benches to sit and gaze at the river.  

Clingman’s Dome This hike is in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The dome offers 360 degree views from the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 6,643 feet.  It’s a 1/2 mile paved path (up from parking area) to a concrete viewing tower.

Iron Bridge at the Chattooga River The views of the river from the bridge are spectacular and a gorgeous setting (friends married there).   The Chattooga River Cliffs Trail runs alongside and allows you to explore the river.  Hike the trail along the river as far as you want and then turn around instead of hiking all 6 miles.

The Bartram Trail This trail curves in a north to west direction through Western NC a total of 62 miles. In Franklin it turns west and ascends the Nantahala Mountains to Wayah Bald where it joins the Appalachian Trail briefly and then descends to Nantahala Lake. Different lengths of trails allow both easy and strenuous hikes. The Wallace Gap section to William’s Pulpit is the most popular for families. And, you can access from Wayah Bald. (We have a book of the trail at the cabin)

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Luxury Cabin NC – Things to Do – Hiking

This is just a few of the many hikes in our area – we have activity books at the cabin with directions, etc.

Max Patch This is one our favorite hikes because of the amazing views.  This 4,600 foot mountain was cleared and used as pasture in the 1800’s.  Now it’s a 350 acre tract of open land on a high knob with 360 degree views.  You walk up a grassy knoll which is a gradual uphill walk, there are a couple loop hikes you can do as well.  At the top it intersects the Appalachian Trail.

Pickens Nose This is an especially great hike in early summer as you walk through a canopy of rhododendron and mountain laurels.   Rising high from the surrounding valleys in the Standing Indian Basin, Pickens Nose juts a rocky summit like an angular bird beak. The multiple overlooks offer outstanding, sweeping views of the surrounding Southern Nantahala Wilderness.   The hike is a moderate one, spanning .75 mile each way (25-30 min.).   

Wayah Bald This historic fire tower gives great views of the southern Appalachian Mountains in 3 States.  Both the Appalachian Trail and Bartram Trail cross at the tower so you’ll meet a lot of cross country hikers.  You drive in and park and then walk on short paved walkway to the tower. 

Big Laurel Falls Trail This hike leads to the 20′ waterfall and two swimming holes.  The first is easy to get to and a great spot to chill on a warm summer day. It’s about 5′ deep.  The second is more difficult to get to and more secluded 4-5′ deep.

Whiteside Mountain Trail This trail makes a loop and can be hiked in two different directions (and difficulties).  It takes you on top of sheer 750-ft. high cliffs (there are railings for safety) with outstanding views 4,930 elevation.  

The Little Tennessee River Greenway The Greenway path is especially suited for lovers of wildlife and wildflowers, with three scenic bridge crossings, park and picnic pavilions, canoe and kayak landings.  The trail also connects to a 3-mile mountain bike trail.   The Greenway offers an easy walk (or you can bike) along the Little Tennessee River and there are spots to fish and benches to sit and gaze at the river.  

Clingman’s Dome This hike is in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The dome offers 360 degree views from the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 6,643 feet.  It’s a 1/2 mile paved path (up from parking area) to a concrete viewing tower.

Iron Bridge at the Chattooga River The views of the river from the bridge are spectacular and a gorgeous setting (friends married there).   The Chattooga River Cliffs Trail runs alongside and allows you to explore the river.  Hike the trail along the river as far as you want and then turn around instead of hiking all 6 miles.

The Bartram Trail This trail curves in a north to west direction through Western NC a total of 62 miles. In Franklin it turns west and ascends the Nantahala Mountains to Wayah Bald where it joins the Appalachian Trail briefly and then descends to Nantahala Lake. Different lengths of trails allow both easy and strenuous hikes. The Wallace Gap section to William’s Pulpit is the most popular for families. And, you can access from Wayah Bald. (We have a book of the trail at the cabin)

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