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I've got some work coming up that's going to put me right in the heart of Cherokee, NC and I'm completely unfamiliar.

Other than the close proximity to Lake Junaluska and the Smokies, I don't know too much about it. I'll be heading that way on Monday and staying for approximately 4wks.

Considering my location, I was thinking of taking some of my camping gear to use to hit up the Smokies on the weekend. I'll work 1/2days on Sat and then be free. I'm considering driving over to the Eastern side of the park, setting camp, maybe doing some dayhikes in the vicinity and calling it a night.

I'm thinking I may try to do some trail running on Sundays within the park before checking out and heading back to Cherokee.

Anybody have any recommendations, thoughts, or insight?


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It's been about 15 years since I got to play around up there, but you'll be close to Nantahala, so there's rafting and kayaking, plus the AT runs right through Nantahala Outdoor Center. You can go N or S on the AT, or connect to it via other trails like Wesser Creek. Look up Wesser Bald, Cheoah Bald, and Tellico Gap, and you'll know everything I ever did, and more than I remember. I had serious fun off-trail sliding down steep ridges, and following drainages down toward the river.
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I have a house in Bryson City and know the area well.  Deep Creek is very nice for car camping, day hikes, overnighters etc... Great trout fishing as well.  10 miles from Cherokee.

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I think most would agree that the Alum Trail to Mt. Leconte is one of the best day hikes in the park. The AT to Charles Bunion is also one of the better ones, and the hike to Chimney tops is worth it to.
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The Cataloochee valley is one of my favorite places in the Park.

Big Creek is another one.


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This from the NPS website:  Newfound Gap Road (US-441) is closed to through traffic between Gatlinburg, TN and Cherokee, NC due to a landslide at Mile Marker 22 on the North Carolina side of the park.

I was there last weekend and we could only drive about 6 miles in before we ran into a barricade.  I think you can still access the park from the TN side by taking I40 around the park to Gatlinburg.


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Last weekend the parkway was closed from the park to Brevard. Nice time to hike if you like solitude.
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I don't really like "Cherokee" but the rest of the area around there is awesome.  If you get a choice, stay in Bryson City over Cherokee.

441 between NC and TN is closed so that adds quite a bit of drive time to do much on the TN side of the Smokies.

That being said, Eastern NC is a beautiful place with lots to offer outdoors. Besides the Smokies, you have 2 National Forests and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  There are some near little towns (like Helen, GA and Sylva) to explore too.

Not sure where you are coming from but you might be in for a culture shock with the distance everything is.  I think it's about 30 minutes to the nearest Walmart.  There's nothing in Cherokee so you have to go to Sylva for pretty much anything. There are a few (very small) groceries in Bryson City.  Bojangles in Bryson City too :)
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There's a Food Lion in Cherokee.

Anyway, I do not like Cherokee because of the tourists/casinos but sometimes it's a necessary evil to get around that side of the Park. Cataloochee is a great weekend escape destination but be warned, the CG is small and fills up quickly. I do not think you can reserve there, either. You could always head over to the Lake Santeetlah( near Robbinsville NC) area and find some campsites right near the lake. From there it's just a short trip to Joyce Kilmer/Citico.
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actually, they just changed that about Cataloochee CG. now folks are *required* to reserve spots.

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I don't really like "Cherokee" but the rest of the area around there is awesome.  If you get a choice, stay in Bryson City over Cherokee.

441 between NC and TN is closed so that adds quite a bit of drive time to do much on the TN side of the Smokies.

That being said, Eastern NC is a beautiful place with lots to offer outdoors. Besides the Smokies, you have 2 National Forests and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  There are some near little towns (like Helen, GA and Sylva) to explore too.

Not sure where you are coming from but you might be in for a culture shock with the distance everything is.  I think it's about 30 minutes to the nearest Walmart.  There's nothing in Cherokee so you have to go to Sylva for pretty much anything. There are a few (very small) groceries in Bryson City.  Bojangles in Bryson City too :)

There is an Ingles iun Bryson that rocks.  Best fried cherry pies in the world.

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actually, they just changed that about Cataloochee CG. now folks are *required* to reserve spots.

That is nice to know. Every time I go up there the CG is full. Oh well, I'm usually headed out to the BC anyway.
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and that's a long-a$$ drive to find a full campground...

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There's a Food Lion in Cherokee.

Anyway, I do not like Cherokee because of the tourists/casinos but sometimes it's a necessary evil to get around that side of the Park. Cataloochee is a great weekend escape destination but be warned, the CG is small and fills up quickly. I do not think you can reserve there, either. You could always head over to the Lake Santeetlah( near Robbinsville NC) area and find some campsites right near the lake. From there it's just a short trip to Joyce Kilmer/Citico.

Excellent advice....Lake Santeetlah and Joyce Kilmer that is.....

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Lots of waterfalls around Deep Creek.  Not many miles to see them though. Trail looked run-able, but it was covered in snow and ice so I didn't take the boys up too far.

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Trail looked run-able, but it was covered in snow and ice so I didn't take the boys up too far



i'm not a runner----but yes, this trail could be easily run......

it's an old road bed on the bryson city side, that goes about 6 ish miles up before it really turns into "trail'......

it's wide (as in wide enough for a pickup truck), and graded, and some elevation change but not much.....

and yeah........one can see three waterfalls in this area really easily.......
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This from the NPS website:  Newfound Gap Road (US-441) is closed to through traffic between Gatlinburg, TN and Cherokee, NC due to a landslide at Mile Marker 22 on the North Carolina side of the park.

I was there last weekend and we could only drive about 6 miles in before we ran into a barricade.  I think you can still access the park from the TN side by taking I40 around the park to Gatlinburg.

Yea, guess I should've elaborated. Part of the reason I'm here :)

I've been out there a few times this week...


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So far I've hit up part of the Mingus trail from the parking lot to beat daylight. Not a whole lot of time, but saw some.

I've been out to the farm at the Oconaluftee visitor center and even the church at smokemont. I'm going to go back out there shortly and try to hit up some of the trails around the smokemont campground.

I'll have Sun's off so I'm going to attempt to use those for some long dayhikes.


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i'm not a runner----but yes, this trail could be easily run......

it's an old road bed on the bryson city side, that goes about 6 ish miles up before it really turns into "trail'......

it's wide (as in wide enough for a pickup truck), and graded, and some elevation change but not much.....

and yeah........one can see three waterfalls in this area really easily.......

Kev,  what trail are you talking about?  I mean that goes 6 miles.  Indian Creek?

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that one will work as well..........for it's as good to run on as deep creek......

but, i was refering to deep creek......

i know it's longer than 6 but i was just making reference to how much of it is an old roadbed suitable for running......

the old road bed part may be longer than 6----not in front of a map right now.....

and since ya threw out indian creek----that would be a great way to make a loop in that area for trail runners.....
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that one will work as well..........for it's as good to run on as deep creek......

but, i was refering to deep creek......

i know it's longer than 6 but i was just making reference to how much of it is an old roadbed suitable for running......

the old road bed part may be longer than 6----not in front of a map right now.....

and since ya threw out indian creek----that would be a great way to make a loop in that area for trail runners.....

I wasn't thinking straight.  I have hiked up deep creek for my whole life and never really thought about how long the road is.  I think we are going to do a day hike up indian cr over sunkota and back deep creek to home.  If my knee will allow it.  The long way, not the loop trail.

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Deep creek is on my list of trails to hit up too. I think one of these weekends I'm going to hit up Nantahala Brewing Company and then hike through some of Deep Creek & on a different excursion, I'll hit up the "Road to Nowhere"

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Before you head home you need to do the Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee to Asheville. It's a long trip but there is some amazing scenery on that trip. It's flat out awesome in October but a great drive any time.
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As of right now, the Blue Ridge Pkwy is closed. I've been heading that way to check on it, but so far, it's just been closed.

I'm heading toward Bryson City this weekend to catch up with the Road to Nowhere. Should be fun.


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As of right now, the Blue Ridge Pkwy is closed. I've been heading that way to check on it, but so far, it's just been closed.

Hopefully the snow will melt on the road and they can get it open.
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heard leconte got a dusting of snow last night, so i'm guessing parts of blue ridge got some.......
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Blue Ridge, parts of the upper Qualla Boundary, and from what I hear, Clingman's got some.

I saw a few flurries yesterday, but that was about it.


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