Elkmont Nature Trail

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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This self-guiding nature trail makes a great short day hike for families staying at Elkmont Campground. Grab a copy of the brochure (50 cents to keep) before starting the hike and use it to help interpret the features encountered along the way. This nature trail begins at the south corner of the parking lot. Cross Mids Branch on an asphalt-filled I-beam and wind your way up an old railroad line. Cross an old capped-off spring and then pass around a meadow at an old homeplace. Cross the branch again and climb a south-facing slope, passing through a neat rhododendron and mountain laurel tunnel. A series of short switchbacks brings you back to the trailhead.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

This self-guiding nature trail makes a great short day hike for families staying at Elkmont Campground. Grab a copy of the brochure (50 cents to keep) before starting the hike and use it to help interpret the features encountered along the way. This nature trail begins at the south corner of the parking lot.

Cross Mids Branch on an asphalt-filled I-beam and wind your way up an old railroad line. Cross an old capped-off spring and then pass around a meadow at an old homeplace. Cross the branch again and climb a south-facing slope, passing through a neat rhododendron and mountain laurel tunnel. A series of short switchbacks brings you back to the trailhead.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gatlinburg
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Maps: Gatlinburg USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
Driving Directions: Directions to Elkmont Nature Trail

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