The Fire Mountain Trails can wait. Your safety can’t.
Like so many of you, those of us who oversee and maintain the Fire Mountain Trails have been closely following the news around COVID-19 and the coronavirus. And after much discussion, we've made the the difficult decision to close until further notice. We simply felt we couldn’t assure everyone’s safety during the current pandemic crisis, so we must ask for your help in keeping the trails closed for the time being. Please check back to this page for updates with news of our reopening. Because we will reopen soon—when it is safe and appropriate to do so. In the meantime, thank you for understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience. From all of us, please be extra safe during this challenging time.
Made to move? We’ve made the Fire Mountain Trails just for you.
The Fire Mountain Trails are Cherokee’s newest source for big adventure—a multiuse trail system that’s made to mountain bike, hike, or run. The network of trails is more than 10.5 miles total, so there’s plenty of room for everyone to recreate safely, responsibly…and flowy?
That’s right—if you like your trails with a nice flow of features, with fun berms and quick hits of elevation that are manageable and fun, Fire Mountain is made for you. You’ll find tables, rock gardens, and blinds for those who know, along with single-track and wider sections, spots that are smooth and fast, and trails that invite the more technically accomplished with options for those less so. The trailhead is located about 100 yards from the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee and shares a parking lot. The trails interlace through the nearby Great Smoky Mountains, so you already know the views and terrain will take your breath away, even if your recreation of choice doesn’t!
Is it the flowiest trail in the east? Better than Ridgeline? Check the video or better yet, judge it for yourself during an overnight stay in Cherokee. Trails are free of charge, and open every day, all day.