Popular Trips in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
6.5-mile hike in Panthertown Valley, Nantahala National Forest
Panthertown Valley, North Carolina, United States
Excellent hike multiple waterfalls, wildflowers and scenery at Panthertown Valley in far southeaster North Carolina in the Nantahala National Forest. Trip writeup to come.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, United States
Ken Voorhis, the executive director of Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Treemont, led 18 members of the Margaret Stevenson Wednesday Hikers on a hike to Quilliams Cave and Courthouse Rock. It was a very nice hike. It was too late in the season for most of the trillium but we did see a couple of patches of Vasey's Trillium. The mountain laurel is just beginning to bloom.
Gregory Bald - GSMNP
Lawson Crossroad, Tennessee, United States
This was a day hike to Gregory Bald from Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We parked on Forge Creek Road at Parsons Branch Road. (Parsons Branch Road is closed in the winter.) Our hike began with a walk up Parsons Branch Road to Gregory Bald Trail, then to the bald. The return trip was via Gregory Ridge Trail, which goes back directly to the parking area.
Mount Leconte via Alums Cave / Bluff One way GPX data
Gatlinburg Area, Tennessee, United States
This was our third ascent up to Mount Leconte, and this was our second time doing it via Alums Cave. My brother was hiking this with a broken foot to show how easy it can be if you have the right mind set. You gain nearly 2700 feet, 3300 if you look at different profile types considering all ups even after a down. It's a strenuous hike, but highly recommended for the views alone....
Bartram Trail Section 7 to Cheoah Bald
Nantahala, North Carolina, United States
The Bartram Trail is a 100 mile memorial trail in the state of North Carolina, in honor of the Philadelphian naturalist, William Bartram, who traveled throughout the southeast from 1773 to 1777. ( ncbartramtrail.org) This 13.2 mile hike is a shuttle trip that combines the last section of the Bartram Trail (6.6 mi) to ascend Cheoah Bald and descends along a section of the Appalachian Trail from Cheoah to US 19 on the Nantahala River. The shuttle trip is...
Big East Fork to Graveyard Ridge & Shining Creek
Big East Fork, North Carolina, United States
Smoky Mt - Charlie's Bunion / Kephart Loop
Fort Harry, Tennessee, United States
If you are on the NC side, stop at Peter's Pancakes & Waffles for the backpackers pancakes! Start the trail going towards Charlies Bunion unless you want a LONG hike up via Dry Sluice Gap. The hike from Kephart to the AT was not that bad... It was a 14 mile hike. Get to Charlie's Bunion early! Listen carefully while at Charlie's Bunion, you may hear some wolves!!
Max Patch to Roaring Fork, Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail, North Carolina, United States
Day hike along the Appalachian Trail, starting at the Max Patch Trailhead and continuing to Roaring Fork, then returning. Hike writeup to come at Two-Heel Drive.
Slickrock creek loop
Jenkins Meadow, North Carolina, United States
Went backpacking in the Slickrock creek area of NC and TN. We were motivated to go after an article in Backpacker a few months ago. We started at Big Fat Gap in the north east corner of the loop instead of walking in from the Cherohala Skyway at Beech Gap to reduce the mileage. When I am planning a trip, I find a spend a lot of time looking for notes about...
Thunder Rock - Ocoee
Turtletown, Tennessee, United States
Ocoee section of the Thunder Rock 100