Lake Cherokee Hike Route Map

Lake Cherokee

Lake Cherokee was a pleasant surprise I discovered while working at the site, located in far western North Carolina near the town of Murphy. Arriving a bit early for my shift I decided to go for a quick stroll around and found a wonderful variety of wildflowers as well as a pleasant lake side path which winds out to the dam which creates Lake Cherokee. The lake itself is small, formed from a small tributary which flows into neighboring Hiwassee Lake. The site has a nice picnic area and a large fishing pier which hints at the fact that this might e a fairly busy place in the summer months. As it was, I was able to enjoy a nice mile loop around the park taking time to 'smell the roses' as it were. This album is essentially a wildflower gallery with a few shots of Lake Cherokee thrown in for good measure. It was a great way to kick off a day of work...

Trailhead GPS Coordinates:  35.065171, -84.163650

Route Type:  Double Out-and-back

Difficulty:  EASY  (Petzoldt Rating:  1.70 )

Hike Length:  1.5 miles                Hike Duration: 0:45 

Trailhead Temp:  65'F                 Trail Traffic:  1-5 people

Min. Elevation:  1,549'                  Max. Elevation:  1,580'

Total Vertical Gain:  100'             Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile:  67'


  • kw

    on July 2, 2013

    wowed by the vibrant early morning beauty and 'dew tipped' floral beauty!! Looks like a great place to visit!