Hiking Trails in the Western North Carolina Mountains
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Hiking Trails in the the Nantahala National Forest

Visit the Nantahala River Gorge

Nantahala National Forest

With over 1,700 miles of trails, a variety of opportunities await you, from short, easy walks to long distance backpacking adventures. While all trails are open to hiking, some trails are also designed for horses, mountain bikes, and off-road vehicles. Horses and bikes may also be ridden on roads locked by gates, unless restrictions are posted. Four areas are designed for off-road vehicles. Trailhead signs are posted with symbols showing who can use the trail.

Whether you are looking for a stroll with small children or a long hike, every district has a trails for you. Visit, write, call the district office for detailed information, maps, and current regulations.

U.S. Forest Service
160A Zillicoa Street
P.O. Box 2750,
Asheville, NC 28802

828-257-4200
mailroom_r8_north_carolina@fs.fed.us or tseyden@fs.fed.us

Safety

It is important to be well versed before exploring the backcountry. Here are a few basics to help you get started:

• Always hike with another person.
• Always bring a small flashlight.
• Always bring water.
• All water taken from the backcountry should be treated.
• Let someone know your route and return time.
• Wear appropriate shoes and clothing.
• Carry a small first aid kit.

Be informed on the weather and be prepared for quickly changing conditions. Always check current weather conditions.

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