Nantahala
National Forest

The Nantahala National Forest, established in 1920, is a national forest located in the American state of North Carolina. The word "Nantahala" is a Cherokee word meaning "Land of the Noonday Sun." The name is appropriate as, in some spots, the sun only reaches the floors of the deep gorges of the forest when high overhead at midday. The Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto explored the area in …
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This excellent loop, designated a National Recreation Trail, climbs to the top o…
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Rainbow Falls is one of the biggest and most scenic falls in the region. An exce…
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This is a large loop with a wide variety of main attractions. The trails will ta…
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Hike the Rainbow Falls Trail to a towering 150-foot waterfall through a wildflow…
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Hike the West Fork Trail at Pinnacle Park in Sylva, North Carolina, climbing to …
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Hike the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, climbing to the Albert Mountain fi…
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This loop starts off easy and is mostly pleasant to navigate for the first 12 mi…
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Hike to the summit of Blackrock Mountain, climbing from Pinnacle Park in Sylva, …
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Hike to the stunning High Falls waterfall at Lake Glenville north of Cashiers, N…
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Hike the Appalachian Trail to Siler Bald near Franklin, NC, and score some excep…
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Hike the Pickens Nose Trail through a beautiful rhododendron forest to exception…
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Hike the Whitewater Falls Trail near Cashiers, NC to the stunning, tumbling casc…
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Hike the Whiteside Mountain Trail to exceptional summit views from the sheer, 75…
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Hike to Upper Bearwallow Falls at Gorges State Park near Cashiers, NC – a half m…
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Hike a short, kid-friendly trail to Dry Falls, a walk-behind waterfall on the Cu…
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