As of January 6, 2021, Fire Mountain Trails are closed due to weather and trail conditions. We will let you know when you can visit again.
It's time to fly.
First, a quick and sincere “Thank you!” to all our riders and hikers who have helped us observe the Fire Mountain Trails’ temporary closure. Now it's time to fly.
The only current restriction is on groups of more than ten people. That means if you’re gathering in the parking lot, at the trailhead, or at the pavilions, you and your group can’t number more than ten. And while you’re busy burning up and down the mountain, we’d really appreciate your help in the following ways:
1. Please maintain safe social distancing. That means not walking, hiking, riding, or standing closer than six feet apart.
2. We encourage, but don’t require, the use of masks and any sanitizing wipes or hand-cleaning products you’d like to bring with you.
3. Be safe, be smart, and look out for one another on the trail.
Please check back to this page for updates as we adjust to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. And most of all, HAVE FUN!
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.