Spruce-Fir Nature Trail

Bryson City, North Carolina

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This hike is included in this guidebook only because the book features all of the park’s self-guiding nature trails. The nature trails provide great opportunities to learn about the park ecosystem without investing a lot of effort. However, Spruce-Fir Nature Trail provides little more than a case of depression. Not too many years ago, you could hike a few dozen yards away from the road along this trail and feel as though you were in the middle of a wilderness. It was dark, cool, dense, and mysterious. Today, it’s open, hot, weedy, and depressing. The large fir trees are dead and many of the spruces uprooted. Briers invade the open areas. This is a common scene in spruce-fir forests today.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

This hike is included in this guidebook only because the book features all of the park’s self-guiding nature trails. The nature trails provide great opportunities to learn about the park ecosystem without investing a lot of effort.

However, Spruce-Fir Nature Trail provides little more than a case of depression. Not too many years ago, you could hike a few dozen yards away from the road along this trail and feel as though you were in the middle of a wilderness. It was dark, cool, dense, and mysterious. Today, it’s open, hot, weedy, and depressing. The large fir trees are dead and many of the spruces uprooted. Briers invade the open areas. This is a common scene in spruce-fir forests today.

© 2013 Kevin Adams/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 20 minutes
Season: Clingmans Dome Road is closed Dec 1–Mar 31.
Features: Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Clingmans Dome USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Driving Directions: Directions to Spruce-Fir Nature Trail

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