Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains: Comprehensive Guide

Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains: Comprehensive Guide

by Kenneth Wise

Paperback(2nd Edition)

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Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains is an essential guide to one of America’s most
breathtaking and rugged national parks. The second edition of this compellingly readable
and useful book is completely updated, giving outdoor enthusiasts the most current
information they need to explore this world-renowned wilderness.

Included here are facts on more than 125 official trails recognized by the Park Service.
Each one has its own setting, purpose, style, and theme, and author Kenneth Wise
describes them in rich and vivid detail. For every route, he includes a set of driving directions
to the trailhead, major points of interest, a schedule of distances to each one, a
comprehensive outline of the trail’s course, specifics about where it begins and ends, references
to the U.S. Geological Survey’s quadrangle maps, and, when available, historical
anecdotes relating to the trail. His colorful descriptions of the area’s awe-inspiring beauty
are sure to captivate even armchair travelers.

Organized by sections that roughly correspond to the seventeen major watersheds
in the Smokies, Wise starts in Tennessee and moves south into North Carolina, with
two major trails—the Lakeshore and the Appalachian—that traverse several watersheds
treated independently. Further enhancing the utility of this volume is the inclusion of the
Great Smoky Mountains’ official trail map as well as an informative introduction filled
with details about the geology, climate, vegetation, wildlife, human history, and environmental
concerns of the region.

A seasoned outdoorsman with more than thirty years of experience in the area and
codirector of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project at the University of Tennessee,
Knoxville, Wise brings an exceptional depth of knowledge to this guide. Both experienced
hikers and novices will find this newly revised edition an invaluable resource for trekking in
the splendor of the Smokies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621900542
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Series: Outdoor Tennessee Series
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 536
Sales rank: 326,422
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

In addition to being codirector of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project,
Kenneth Wise is associate professor at UTK’s John C. Hodges Library, coeditor of Terra
Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544–1934,
coauthor of A Natural History of Mount Le Conte.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv


Coxby 1

Gabes Mountain Trail 2

Low Gap Trail 5

Lower Mount Cammerer Trail 7

Snake Den Ridge Trail 10

Maddron Bald Trail 12

Albright Grove Loop Trail 16

Greenbrier 19

Old Settlers Trail 19

Ramsey Cascades Trail 20

Ramsey Cascades Trail 28

Porters Creek Trail 31

Brushy Mountain Trail 33

Grapeyard Ridge Trail 39

Mount Le Conte 45

The Boulevard Trail 46

Alum Cave Trail 50

Rainbow Falls Trail 58

Trillium Gap Trail 65

Bull Head Trail 71

Baskins Creek Trail 74

Twin Creeks Trail 77

Sugarlands 79

Chimney Tops Trail 79

Road Prong Trail 82

Old Sugarlands Trail 86

Huskey Gap Trail 90

Gatlinburg Trail 92

Sugarland Mountain Trail 95

Elkmont 101

Little River Trail 101

Goshen Prong Trail 106

Rough Creek Trail 109

Jakes Creek Trail 111

Cucumber Gap Trail 116

Meigs Mountain Trail 117

Miry Ridge Trail 121

Boundary 127

Cove Mountain Trail 127

Laurel Falls Trail 130

Metcalf Bottoms Trail 132

Little Brier Gap Trail 133

Little Greenbrier Trail 135

Roundtop Trail 137

Chestnut Top Trail 139

Tremont 143

Curry Mountain Trail 144

Meigs Creek Trail 145

Lumber Ridge Trail 147

West Prong Trail 150

Middle Prong Trail 152

Panther Creek Trail 156

Greenbrier Ridge Trail 157

Lynn Camp Prong Trail 159

Whiteoak Sink 161

Bote Mountain Trail 161

Schoolhouse Gap Trail 164

Scott Mountain Trail 167

Finley Cane Trail 169

Lead Cove Trail 171

Turkeypen Ridge Trail 172

Crib Gap Trail 173

Cades Cove 175

Anthony Creek Trail 176

Russell Field Trail 178

Rich Mountain Loop Trail 180

Crooked Arm Ridge Trail 183

Indian Grace Gap Trail 184

Rich Mountain Trail 186

Ace Gap Trail 188

Gregory Ridge Trail 191

Gregory Bald Trail 195

Abrams Falls Trail 201

Rabbit Creek Trail 203

Wet Bottom Trail 206

Hannah Mountain Trail 209

Hatcher Mountain Trail 212

Cooper Road Trail 213

Little Bottoms Trail 216

Gold Mine Trail 218

Cane Creek Trail 219

Beard Cane Trail 220

Appalachian Trail 223

Mount Cammerer Trail 260

Big Creek 265

Big Creek Trail 266

Chestnut Branch Trail 270

Baxter Creek Trail 272

Swallow Fork Trail 274

Low Gap Trail 276

Camel Gap Trail 278

Gunter Fork Trail 280

Mount Sterling Trail 283

Mount Sterling Ridge Trail 286

Cataloochee 289

Cataloochee Divide Trail 291

Caldwell Fork Trail 294

Boogerman Trail 298

Big Fork Ridge Trail 300

McKee Branch trail 301

Rough Fork Trail 303

Hemphill Bald Trail 306

Pretty Hollow Gap Trail 308

Palmer Creek Trail 311

Little Cataloochee Trail 314

Long Bunk Trail 319

Raven Fork 323

Flat Creek Trail 324

Spruce Mountain Trail 326

Balsam Mountain Trail 331

Beech Gap Trail 333

Enloe Creek Trail 335

Hughes Ridge Trail 339

Oconaluftee 343

Oconaluftee River Trail 344

Mingus Creek Trail 347

Newton Bald trail 349

Smokemont Loop Trail 351

Bradley Fork Trail 353

Chasteen Creek Trail 356

Cabin Flats Trail 359

Dry Sluice Gap Trail 361

Kephart Prong Trail 362

Grassy Branch Trail 365

Sweat Heifer Creek Trail 366

Kanati Fork Trail 368

Deep Creek 371

Deep Creek Trail 372

Juney Whank Falls Trail 383

Indian Creek Trail 384

Stone Pile Gap Trail 389

Deeplow Gap Trail 390

Indian Creek Motor Trail 394

Thomas Divide Trail 396

Cooper Creek Trail 399

Loop Trail 400

Sunkota Ridge Trail 401

Martins Gap Trail 402

Pole Road Creek Trail 404

Fork Ridge Trail 406

Noland Divide Trail 409

Noland and Forney Creeks 413

Forney Ridge Trail 414

Clingmans Dome Bypass Trail 417

Noland Creek Trail 419

Tunnel Bypass Trail 426

Goldmine Loop Trail 427

Springhouse Branch Trail 429

Whiteoak Branch Trail 432

Forney Creek Trail 433

Bear Creek Trail 440

Jonas Creek Trail 443

Lakeshore Trail 447

Lakeshore Trail, Eastern Section 448

Lakeshore Trail, Western Section 459

Hazel Creek 467

Hazel Creek Trail 468

Jenkins Ridge Trail 476

Bone Valley Trail 481

Cold Spring Gap Trail 484

Welch Ridge Trail 486

Eagle Creek and Twentymile 491

Eagle Creek Trail 492

Lost Cove Trail 498

Twentymile Trail 501

Wolf Ridge Trail 503

Long Hungry Ridge Trail 506

Twentymile Loop Trail 509

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