Appalachian Trail East

Bryson City, North Carolina

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Sections of this hike are covered in other hikes in this guidebook and there is no shortage of literature about the Appalachian Trail (AT). The intent here is simply to provide a concise outline of key points and alert you to any potential concerns along the way. A good time to make this trip is in October or November, when the crowds have thinned. In October there will be crowds from Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion, but most of the “leaf peepers” don’t get far from their cars. In autumn you also avoid the heat of summer, which is good on a hike that has no streams to dip into. However, you have to prepare for cold weather. Snow is common in November, and you should come prepared for it in October. Obviously, for this hike you want to remain on the AT at all trail junctions, so this isn’t necessarily specified in the directions.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

Sections of this hike are covered in other hikes in this guidebook and there is no shortage of literature about the Appalachian Trail (AT). The intent here is simply to provide
a concise outline of key points and alert you to any potential concerns along the way.

A good time to make this trip is in October or November, when the crowds have thinned. In October there will be crowds from Newfound Gap to Charlies Bunion, but most of the “leaf peepers” don’t get far from their cars. In autumn you also avoid the heat of summer, which is good on a hike that has no streams to dip into. However, you have to prepare for cold weather. Snow is common in November, and you should come prepared for it in October. Obviously, for this hike you want to remain on the AT at all trail junctions, so this isn’t necessarily specified in the directions.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 31.5
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2-3 days
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Clingmans Dome, Mount LeConte, Mount Guyot, Luftee Knob, Hartford, and Waterville USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Driving Directions: Directions to Appalachian Trail East

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