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Daniel Ridge Loop

Daniel Ridge Loop

Distance: 4 Miles RT (discrepancy with Ramblr mileage) Elevation Change: 827 feet Difficulty: Moderate This trail is easy to get to in winter months when the parkway is closed. The trail begins on a gravel road for the first .1 mile, crossing a new “bridge to nowhere” then forks left at a carsonite sign. The trail follows the creek for …

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Shut In Trail

Elk Pasture Gap

PISGAH PARKING LOT TO ELK PASTURE GAP Distance: 4.2 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 1300 ft. Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep) Around 1890, the Shut-In trail was created by George W. Vanderbilt to link his Biltmore home with his hunting and outdoor lodge at Buck Springs (Near the current Pisgah Inn). While many think of this trail as following the Blue …

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Fryingpan Mtn Tower

Frying Pan Mountain Tower

The hike departs from a grassy parking area just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 409.6, several miles south of Mt Pisgah. (Compared to other popular hikes on the Parkway, like Black Balsam Knob and the uber-popular Graveyard Fields waterfalls, the hike’s understated trailhead is easy to miss. Park off the Parkway and don’t block the metal gate.) The …

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Grassy Mtn via Skidway

Grassy Mountain, MT

Grassy Mountain is located near White Sulphur Springs, Montana just off Highway 12. There are several ways to hike to the top of Grassy Mountain. Homeowners access route from Mountainview Trail Turn right off Shindle Rd onto Mountainview Trail. Drive approx. 2 miles to the community access point. From this entrance, you will walk through a few meadows and forested …

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MTS Trail to Green Knob

Green Knob

Green Knob Near Wagon Road Gap (out and back) Distance: 3 miles Elevation Gain: 816 feet Easy Hiking The Mountains to the Sea Trail crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway several times. One of those spots is just south of Wagon Road Gap. We hike this little trail when we want something quick and easy to get to. It is accessible …

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Jakes Creek – Cucumber Gap – Little River Trail

Distance Hiked: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 725 ft. Leaving Gatlinburg and traveling south on Smoky Mtn. Parkway take a right at the ranger’s station. Drive a few miles and turn left into Elkmont. Follow the signs to Jake’s Creek Trail. We pieced together a loop that began on Jake’s Creek Trail intersecting Cucumber Gap Trail after only .7 mile. Turn …

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John Rock Loop

John Rock Loop

Distance: 5.7 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1375 ‘ Park at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the State Fish Hatchery near Brevard. The John Rock trail can be accessed  from either direction from the parking lot. Counterclockwise isn’t quite as steep going up on the rock.

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Jump Off via Newfound Gap

Trail Location: Newfound Gap Distance: 6.5 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1275 Feet Difficulty: Moderate Highest Point: 6,225′ above sea level Description taken from the High in the Smokys website. The hike to the Jump Off begins from the Newfound Gap parking area. Hikers will travel eastbound along the Appalachian Trail to reach this rock outcropping. The steady climb over the course …

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Little Pisgah Ridge / Big Creek Trail

Distance 5 miles RT Elevation Gain: 1744′ Difficulty: Very Strenuous Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway by the Little Pisgah Ridge Tunnel to access Big Creek Trail, beginning elevation 4720′. The trail descends 2 1/2 miles down to Big Creek, elevation 2976′. The trail is wooded drops down the spine of the ridge with a lot of mountain laurel at the …

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Little Sam Knob – Flat Laurel Creek Loop

Distance: 6.4 miles RT Elevation Change: 794 feet Difficulty: Moderate Park where the Mountains to the Sea Trail intersects Hwy 215 north of the Blueridge Parkway and hike east on the Mountains to the Sea Trail. Hike a little over 2 miles and fork left on Little Sam Knob trail. Hike for approximately 1.5 miles to the intersection of the …

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Middle Prong Wilderness Loop

Distance: 9 miles RT Elevation Gain: 1380′ Difficulty: Strenuous We park at the Rough Butt Bald parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Howard Gap. On the north side of the parkway, travel east on the Mountains to the Sea Trail to the intersection of Buckeye Gap Trail. Turn left onto Buckeye Gap Trail. The Buckeye Gap Trail has …

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Mountains to the Sea

Interactive Map of Mountains to the Sea Trail Although the trail is still incomplete, the Mountains to the Sea Trail is North Carolina’s longest trail. When completed, it will be over 900 miles long. Starting at Clingman’s Dome (the highest point in Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park). It travels over Mount Mitchell (the highest mountain in the entire …

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Mt. LeConte Via Rainbow Falls

Distance: 5.4 Miles One Way Elevation Gain: 1685 Feet Difficulty:  Strenuous Starting from Light 8 in Gatlinburg, turn onto Historic Nature Trail / Airport Road. After driving 0.7 miles veer right onto Cherokee Orchard Road, upon which you’ll enter into Great Smoky Mountain National Park. After driving another 2.2 miles you’ll enter the one-way Cherokee Orchard Loop Road. After driving …

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MP 420 Maintenance Trail

Distance: 1.5 miles RT Elevation Gain: 200′ Difficulty: Easy Near MP 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway across from the Black Balsam Road entrance, there is a short little maintenance trail that runs parallel to the road. The trail is easy and has a really nice spot 5 minutes from the car to sit on the rocks and have a …

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Mt. LeConte Lodge to Myrtle Point

Distance: 1.5 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 328 ‘ Difficulty: Easy Many LeConte visitors get up early and walk out to Myrtle Point to see the sunrise.  It really is spectacular and well worth seeing. Walk up the steps from the Lodge to the trail and turn left.  Follow the trail past the shelter.  Make sure you bear right at the …

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Mt. LeConte via The Boulevard

In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trail Facts The Boulevard Trail is longest route to the summit of Mount Le Conte (elev. 6,593 ft (2,010 m); 2,010 m) The path follows the Appalachian Trail for 2.7 miles (4.3 km), between Newfound Gap and Charlie’s Bunion Never during the hike does the trail dip below 5,000 feet (1,500 m) The trailhead is located at Newfound Gap, off U.S. Highway 441 …

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Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave Trail

In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Distance: 11 Miles RT Elevation Change: 2763′ Difficulty:  Strenuous The Alum Cave Trail (also referred to as Alum Cave Bluff Trail) is an American hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Sevier County, Tennessee. The trail ascends Mount Le Conte, the “tallest” (and sixth highest) mountain east of the Mississippi River and …

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Mt. Cammerer

  Highest spot: 5042′ Lowest spot: 2250′ 11.2 miles RT Difficulty:  Strenuous Mt. Cammerer is also known as Sharp Top or White Top. The Appalachian Trail traverses it’s south slope and is part of the Smoky Mountain National Park system. Elevation 4928′. Parking Lot Elevation: 2250′ Low Gap Trail: 2.9 miles One Way We began our trek up Mt. Cammerer at the Cosby, …

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Mt Hardy

Mt. Hardy

Distance: 4.4 miles out and back Elevation Gain: 1017 ft. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Park in the pull off on the west side of highway 215, 0.45 mile north of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is room here for a half dozen or more cars. A trail heads into the greenery right from this lot, but do not take this …

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Mt. Pisgah Trailhead

Mt. Pisgah

On the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park Distance: 3 Miles RT Elevation Change: 750 feet (per my gps calculations) Difficulty: Moderate Mt. Pisgah Trailhead is located near mile marker 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park). It is heavily traveled. Park in the second parking lot, the first is for Buck Spring’s Trail. This trail continues onto National Forest …

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North 40

The North 40 perimeter loop circles our house on Mountain View Trail. One time around the perimeter is 1.1 miles and climbs down and out of 2 deep draws. The mid point roadside elevation is approximately 6510′. North 40 Loop Distance: 1.3 Mile Loop Elevation Change: 230′ Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Mountainview Trail Upper Property Line to Junction Distance: 2.1 Elevation …

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Bennet Gap - Perry Cove Loop

Perry Cove – Bennett Gap Loop

Elevation Gain 1135′ Length: 4.1 miles Bennet Gap Trail is accessed off Avery Creek Road near Brevard. The trail ascends 1135 feet to the gap. We climbed clockwise to the gap to the junction of Perry Cove Trail. Perry Cove Trail descends rapidly back to the road. The first 1/2 mile or so ascends to the ridge top and the majority …

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Pilot Rock

This hike, we pieced together from the Pisgah Inn Parking Lot to the bottom of Pilot Rock. Beginning along the Mountains to the Sea Trail, turn south and go over Little Bald Mountain following the trail down around Pilot Rock. It is steep going down, so expect to get tired coming back up.

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Pinnacle Mountain Trail

This trail is a fairly strenuous 3.3 miles (one way) trail. Before starting, you should register at the Nature Center. The Pinnacle Mountain Trail begins at the Nature Center. You will take the Carrick Creek Trail to the left when you get to the sign for Carrick Creek and Table Rock trails. You will follow this trail along Carrick Creek. …

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Porters Creek

Porter’s Creek

Distance: 7.2 miles RT Elevation Gain: 1430′ Difficulty: Moderate Turn right on Greenbriar Road at Park Entrance sign off US Hwy 321 5.9 miles east of Gatlinburg. Continue on Greenbriar Road 4.1 miles to end of loop. Look for trail and trail marker. The gravel roadbed ascends to the historic site, John Messer’s Barn built in 1875. The barn is located just off …

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