Ocunaluftee River

Cherokee, North Carolina 28719

Ocunaluftee River

Ocunaluftee River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 Reviews

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Best season: Apr–May for the wildflowers
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Contacts
Smokemont and Whittier USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Local Maps