Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Waynesville, North Carolina

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Great Smoky Mountains is the country’s most popular national park. The distinction is more than proximity to nearby urban areas. This United Nations–designated International Biosphere Reserve is temperate rain forest that’s world-class lush. This is one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth, with large tracts of virgin timber reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest. It’s one of the largest intact natural areas in the East. A huge area of the park soars well above 6,000 feet, where cool summers and deep-snow winters prevail in the spruce-fir ecosystem of the Canadian Forest Zone. There’s evidence of early settlement, and elk have been successfully reintroduced. Descriptions of the following trails are included: the Caldwell Fork; Mount Sterling/Big; Creek/Cataloochee; Purchase Knob; Oconaluftee River Trail/Mountain Farm Museum; Deep Creek Loop (Tom Branch Falls, Indian Creek Falls, Juney Whank Falls).
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

Great Smoky Mountains is the country’s most popular national park. The distinction is more than proximity to nearby urban areas. This United Nations–designated International Biosphere Reserve is temperate rain forest that’s world-class lush. This is one of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth, with large tracts of virgin timber reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest. It’s one of the largest intact natural areas in the East.

A huge area of the park soars well above 6,000 feet,
where cool summers and deep-snow winters prevail in the spruce-fir ecosystem of the Canadian Forest Zone. There’s evidence of early settlement, and elk have been successfully reintroduced. Descriptions of the following trails are included: the Caldwell Fork; Mount Sterling/Big; Creek/Cataloochee; Purchase Knob; Oconaluftee River Trail/Mountain Farm Museum; Deep Creek Loop (Tom Branch Falls, Indian Creek Falls, Juney Whank Falls).

© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Waynesville
Distance: Several options
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Additional Use: Swimming
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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