Ocunaluftee River

Cherokee, North Carolina

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This short, easy walk follows Oconaluftee River Trail from Oconaluftee Visitor Center to Cherokee. The trail is popular among locals as a fitness and dog-walking path. It’s one of only two trails in the park that allow dogs (on leash) and one of only four that allow bicycles. (Gatlinburg Trail allows dogs and bikes; Deep Creek Trail and Indian Creek Trail allow bikes on their lower sections.) If you’re looking for backcountry solitude, this hike is not for you. It’s a good hike for young children because it’s flat and provides opportunities for playing at the edge of the river. It also makes a great split-party hike. Have your party drop you off at the visitor center and you can meet them later back in Cherokee.

Ocunaluftee River Professional Review and Guide

"This short, easy walk follows Oconaluftee River Trail from Oconaluftee Visitor Center to Cherokee. The trail is popular among locals as a fitness and dog-walking path. It’s one of only two trails in the park that allow dogs (on leash) and one of only four that allow bicycles. (Gatlinburg Trail allows dogs and bikes; Deep Creek Trail and Indian Creek Trail allow bikes on their lower sections.)

If you’re looking for backcountry solitude, this hike is not for you. It’s a good hike for young children because it’s flat and provides opportunities for playing at the edge of the river. It also makes a great split-party hike. Have your party drop you off at the visitor center and you can meet them later back in Cherokee."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Cherokee
Distance: 3.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best season: Apr–May for the wildflowers
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Smokemont and Whittier USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Driving Directions: Directions to Ocunaluftee River

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2009
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An easy, gentle stroll through the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. This is a great family hike as the flat terrain makes it easy for all ages to enjoy. Be sure to take some time to explore the visitor center and the recreated farm stead with buildings relocated from other areas of the park. A wonderful hike and a great introduction to the Smoky Mountains. Plus the NC side of the park is always significantly less crowded that the TN side.



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May 2018