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Best Trails in Waynesville

Looking Glass Rock Trail

Brevard, NC

Looking Glass Rock Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brevard, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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Rough Fork Trail

Waynesville, NC

  1. Big Creek Trail

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Mouse Creek Falls via Big Creek Trail
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It was absolutely beautiful :)

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Cataloochee Divide Trail
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

I did this trail to the Ferguson Cabin loop and back on 4/11. This was about 10.5 miles. The weather was cool and spring had not quite sprung up there yet. Bare trees and only a few wildflowers. Still very pleasant, classic Smokies.
I would rate this trail as easy-to-moderate for the experienced hiker. I think the AllTrails ratings are made for the average "nature walker" who isn't in any sort of shape.
Keep in mind this is a ridge walk and there is NO WATER available until you get to the Ferguson Cabin loop and the McKee branch trail, so plan accordingly.

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Lake Junaluska Trail
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Oh my word, who doesn't absolutely love this walk around the lake!!

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Lake Junaluska Trail
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Boogerman Trail
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38 Completed 11 Reviews

Heads up: the "washed out" is no joke right now (March 2016). Park crews are building one new bridge to get over the water, but there are multiple washed out water crossings, and we were told the water is very high right now-- up to your torso in some places. We weren't able to access the trail head because of work crews, so we went back up the road to Cataloochee Divide Trail.

I'll post this on each of the three Boogerman trails listed on AllTrails.

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Boogerman
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38 Completed 11 Reviews

Heads up: the "washed out" is no joke right now (March 2016). Park crews are building one new bridge to get over the water, but there are multiple washed out water crossings, and we were told the water is very high right now-- up to your torso in some places. We weren't able to access the trail head because of work crews, so we went back up the road to Cataloochee Divide Trail.

I'll post this on each of the three Boogerman trails listed on AllTrails.

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Cataloochee Divide Trail
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38 Completed 11 Reviews

We hiked this at the end of March 2016. We had intended to hike the Boogerman or a lower-elevation trail with more greenery, but they were washed out. This was a backup trail that we avoided because it sounded more difficult, and I only got out of the hospital a month earlier and now am no longer used to higher elevations after moving to Houston. HOWEVER!

It turned out to be a great, doable hike. People are calling it difficult, but aside from the elevation, there are about as many uphill sections as downhill, which made it quite bearable. We didn't have to deal with water crossings or rocky terrain; the trail was soft with dirt and old leaves. The trees weren't even showing any buds yet, so the views of the mountain range were available on all sides through the empty branches. We went about 2.5 miles out and back from the trailhead (we were concerned about getting down to our campsite in time to setup before nightfall). While out, we heard elk calls but didn't see any on this trail, and we managed to come around the corner on three wild turkeys, who promptly dashed away. I wish we hadn't been talking so loudly when we came upon them, so we could've gotten a better look at them (from a safe distance). There appeared to be mosquitos who swarmed if we stood still too long, but they never bit. Couldn't tell if that was a matter of our very light bug spray application or if they just weren't aggressive.

Anyway, I'd recommend this one to anyone this time of year. I had been hoping for better photographic opportunities, but we still had those big views of the mountain range, and that's pretty hard to argue with.

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Mouse Creek Falls via Big Creek Trail
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What a great trail! Easy end to our trip. Gradual incline. Great water features. Nothing is marked so be aware of where you are so you don't miss any features. Directions and descriptions on the NPS website are right on.

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Mouse Creek Falls via Big Creek Trail
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Big Creek Trail
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11 Completed 5 Reviews

I did this trail accidentally attempting to do the Baxter Creek trail to get to the fire tower at Mt. Sterling. I accidently went on the trail on the other side of the parking lot! This trail was still beautiful and would be great to come back to and overnight camp. Perhaps even do a 15 or 16 mile loop from Big Creek connecting over to Baxter Creek for Mt. Sterling. It was fairly easy grade. I went on about a mile after Big Creek comes into contact with Low Gap trail. Trail ran on my way back and it was very enjoyable. The trail follows a raging creek which makes for great scenery and white noise. Trail is very well maintained and would be a good hike for those that are not that experienced.