Big Creek Perimeter Loop

Waynesville, North Carolina

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The hike outlined here is among the finest three-night backpacks in the park. It follows high mountain crests as it loops around the entire upper Big Creek drainage. The high-elevation forests are dark and mysterious, even with the disheartening death of trees from introduced pests and air pollution. If you’re looking for a challenging, grand adventure in the Smokies, this is it. The shelters and campsite on this hike are popular. Make your reservation as early as possible and be prepared with alternative dates when you call. Although the first night’s stay on this hike is only 8.4 miles from the trailhead, it’s a tough climb.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

The hike outlined here is among the finest three-night backpacks in the park. It follows high mountain crests as it loops around the entire upper Big Creek drainage. The high-elevation forests are dark and mysterious, even with the disheartening death of trees from introduced pests and air pollution.

If you’re looking for a challenging, grand adventure in the Smokies, this is it. The shelters and campsite on this hike are popular. Make your reservation as early as possible and be prepared with alternative dates when you call. Although the first night’s stay on this hike is only 8.4 miles from the trailhead, it’s a tough climb.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Waynesville
Distance: 34
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2-4 days
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Waterville, Hartford, Luftee Knob, Mount Guyot, and Cove Creek Gap USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Creek Perimeter Loop

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