Nantahala National Forest
Nantahala National Forest
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The mountainous southwestern tip of North Carolina is overspread by the 527,486-acre Nantahala National Forest, which features a magnificent river gorge for kayaking or rafting, plus other popular sites for hiking, fishing, camping and boating.
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  • Travel_Addict_Cyprus
    Michigan1,102 contributions
    Beautiful views from Siler Bald Peak
    The largest of North Carolina's National Forests, the Nantahala National Forest has three districts and countless hiking trails. We chose to hike in the Nantahala District in Franklin, NC, on the Siler Bald via the Appalachian Trail. The trail is a 3.5 mile round trip trail with a little over 1,000 in elevation gain. The trailhead was easy to find following GPS. Soon after you start on the trail (about 150 yards from the trailhead), you will have to take a RIGHT turn and follow the white markings for the AT. It's easy to miss, and keep going straight up, so be careful. We were there in late December, and a big portion of this trail was icy. My hiking stick proved very helpful. Follow the trail into the meadow to reach Siler Bald peak. The last portion of the trail was very steep but doable. Stunning views from up there!
    Visited December 2020
    Written January 8, 2021
  • BradandStacy41
    Evansville, Indiana594 contributions
    Waterfalls, Whitewater Rafting and more!
    The western side of North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places around! There are so many things to see and do! Waterfalls everywhere, Cullasaja Falls, Dry Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Glenn Falls, Whitewater Falls, Silver Run Falls and Rufus Morgan Falls to name a few! Gem Mining, the Appalachian Trail, the Blueridge Parkway, Whitewater rafting,  Fontana Dam, Wayah Bald and so much more! If you're looking for a natural area with lots to do and see, this is the place! It's unbelievable!
    Visited June 2016
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2016
  • esme2orenday
    Rockford, Illinois25 contributions
    Beautiful view!
    My family attended a wedding at this location. Unfortunately a storm passed through before the scheduled wedding time and everything was pushed back. It was a very scenic place. The only downfall was that there was no cell phone service for anyone which caused problems for trying to get a hold of people and do things spur of the moment without planning.
    Visited June 2018
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2018
  • Karen R
    1 contribution
    Trash!
    Such a beautiful area, but the code enforcement needs to clean up that town! Building are collapsing, not only an eye sore but can be very dangerous is some kids got in there playing around. People’s yards, not only the backyards, but the front yards too, look like the county dump. Drove by one home, it had so much stuff on the porch, the front door couldn’t be seen at all. Old looking kerosene tanks and old cars are sitting out in people yards rusting away. So much medal there that could be recycled. As high as taxes are on the state of North Carolina, there should be a lot of resources to help clean these areas up or enforce it. And if Nantahala area doesn’t have code enforcement, they need to get some. Like I said, as high as taxes are in North Carolina, the resources are there.
    Visited March 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2022
  • Allengirl5
    96 contributions
    Don’t expect empty camping spots.
    I’m giving this review a 1 star because we drove 5 hours to camp here and nothing was available except RV spots. We own an off-road teardrop camper that is self sustained. The primitive camping areas are all walk in and we would not have been able to park the teardrop. There are only 3 suitable spots for a teardrop but we couldn’t even drive in because some crazy woman had the road roped off and all her little dogs running around not on leashes. There are signs everywhere that dogs must be leashed. We couldn’t report her because the ranger station was closed. Although it’s an absolutely beautiful area, it’s hard to camp there. We only stayed 1 night in an RV spot that had no view. The host camper was extremely pleasant, helpful, and friendly.
    Visited July 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 30, 2021
  • stuart m
    121 contributions
    300 mile drive for very little
    Travelled from Florida especially to do this drive around this national forest . Started on the 76 at Walhalla to Westminster, Clayton, Hiawasee, Blairsville, Young Harris, Blue Ridge, Chattsworth, Ducktown, Murphy, Hayesville then gave up. The route has virtually no pull in spots for getting pictures, this is not a good drive for tourists as your constantly trying to get a glimpse of the fantastic (I think) scenery. Take some pointers from the the blue ridge parkway now that's designed for tourists. plenty of rest stops and overlooks. Same with the Great Smoky Mountain drive thats pretty rubbish as well although there are a few more stops mainly at towns though. Give these two drives a miss folks.
    Visited June 2018
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2018
  • TAK0269
    Clarksville, Tennessee631 contributions
    WOW!
    We road Moonshiner route (highway 28) and seen four water falls along the way. This is an awesome road to ride and scenery is to awesome to say! What is really cool is riding under the Bridal veil falls! If you love to see the beauty of the states this is a must! There are several falls and there are tiny areas for you to pull over. If you continue on the highway into Robbinsonville, NC we seen bear sculptures that had been painted (think of the dogs in NY, horses in NM or beavers in PA). Really cool!
    Visited June 2014
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 17, 2014
  • Sherie N
    Michigan City, Indiana1,178 contributions
    Breathtakingly, Beautiful Land
    We rode our motorcycle through this National Forest and were amazed at the beauty of the land. Mountains, rock, rivers, streams, waterfalls and more. The sky was so blue and the trees looked so tall. Loved all of it and can't wait to go back.
    Visited August 2017
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2017
  • Smkymtnrev
    Englewood, Tennessee1,008 contributions
    Escape to the Wilderness
    The Nantahala National Forest is too large and diverse to adequately review as a singular place to visit. The area of my liking is that remote section of upper Santeelah Creek which is reached by driving down an old logging road from the Cherohala Skyway. This area is both remote and beautiful....and offers a pretty quick escape from the busyness of life to folks in both TN and NC.
    Visited August 2017
    Traveled solo
    Written August 3, 2017
  • gammaynoir
    Virginia83 contributions
    Breathtaking waterfall
    It's along walk down to the waterfall but it was all worth it. You can walk behind the fall and admire the beauty. Walking back up to the street level is a bit of a challenge so take your time. Recommend to wear closed tie shoes rubber preferably as it is slippery.
    Visited June 2017
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 7, 2017
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Karen R
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
Such a beautiful area, but the code enforcement needs to clean up that town! Building are collapsing, not only an eye sore but can be very dangerous is some kids got in there playing around. People’s yards, not only the backyards, but the front yards too, look like the county dump. Drove by one home, it had so much stuff on the porch, the front door couldn’t be seen at all. Old looking kerosene tanks and old cars are sitting out in people yards rusting away. So much medal there that could be recycled. As high as taxes are on the state of North Carolina, there should be a lot of resources to help clean these areas up or enforce it. And if Nantahala area doesn’t have code enforcement, they need to get some. Like I said, as high as taxes are in North Carolina, the resources are there.
Written March 13, 2022
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Allengirl5
96 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
I’m giving this review a 1 star because we drove 5 hours to camp here and nothing was available except RV spots. We own an off-road teardrop camper that is self sustained. The primitive camping areas are all walk in and we would not have been able to park the teardrop. There are only 3 suitable spots for a teardrop but we couldn’t even drive in because some crazy woman had the road roped off and all her little dogs running around not on leashes. There are signs everywhere that dogs must be leashed. We couldn’t report her because the ranger station was closed. Although it’s an absolutely beautiful area, it’s hard to camp there. We only stayed 1 night in an RV spot that had no view. The host camper was extremely pleasant, helpful, and friendly.
Written July 30, 2021
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stuart m
121 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Travelled from Florida especially to do this drive around this national forest . Started on the 76 at Walhalla to Westminster, Clayton, Hiawasee, Blairsville, Young Harris, Blue Ridge, Chattsworth, Ducktown, Murphy, Hayesville then gave up. The route has virtually no pull in spots for getting pictures, this is not a good drive for tourists as your constantly trying to get a glimpse of the fantastic (I think) scenery. Take some pointers from the the blue ridge parkway now that's designed for tourists. plenty of rest stops and overlooks.
Same with the Great Smoky Mountain drive thats pretty rubbish as well although there are a few more stops mainly at towns though. Give these two drives a miss folks.
Written June 10, 2018
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TAK0269
Clarksville, TN631 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
We road Moonshiner route (highway 28) and seen four water falls along the way. This is an awesome road to ride and scenery is to awesome to say! What is really cool is riding under the Bridal veil falls! If you love to see the beauty of the states this is a must! There are several falls and there are tiny areas for you to pull over. If you continue on the highway into Robbinsonville, NC we seen bear sculptures that had been painted (think of the dogs in NY, horses in NM or beavers in PA). Really cool!
Written June 17, 2014
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Sherie N
Michigan City, IN1,178 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
We rode our motorcycle through this National Forest and were amazed at the beauty of the land. Mountains, rock, rivers, streams, waterfalls and more. The sky was so blue and the trees looked so tall. Loved all of it and can't wait to go back.
Written August 18, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Smkymtnrev
Englewood, TN1,008 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
The Nantahala National Forest is too large and diverse to adequately review as a singular place to visit. The area of my liking is that remote section of upper Santeelah Creek which is reached by driving down an old logging road from the Cherohala Skyway. This area is both remote and beautiful....and offers a pretty quick escape from the busyness of life to folks in both TN and NC.
Written August 3, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

gammaynoir
Virginia83 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
It's along walk down to the waterfall but it was all worth it. You can walk behind the fall and admire the beauty. Walking back up to the street level is a bit of a challenge so take your time. Recommend to wear closed tie shoes rubber preferably as it is slippery.
Written June 7, 2017
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Luke T
88 contributions
Nov 2016
Come visit October/November time and it will be like a vacation in a postcard. Beautiful hardwood colors, old stone bridges, and waterfalls. Highly recommend.
Written November 25, 2016
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cedso16
Bloomington, IN261 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
First time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Can't believe I have never driven on it before. We had the perfect clear day to enjoy the views. Not a lot of traffic in October on a Sunday morning. We made it to the highest point on the parkway. This was a very beautiful and relaxing drive for the short distance we were on it. I would like to drive much more of it someday.
Written October 29, 2016
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CaptTrouble
Hudson, WI7,890 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Of the terrain on or around the Blue Ridge Parkway, I think this is my favorite. Spectacular colors in the fall, lovely scenery all the time. Spring or fall, you can't go wrong planning a vacation in this area!
Written May 10, 2017
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