Cataloochee Valley — Boogerman Trail

Cove Creek, North Carolina

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Begin your exploration of The Booger Man’s woods by crossing a footbridge over Palmer Creek. Head upstream a quarter-mile, then hang a left. For the next 3.8 miles or so you will be in Booger land. Shortly, the trail begins to climb along an old roadbed. The foot-friendliness of the trail makes up for what a steep climb it is. And not having to watch your step makes it easier to ogle the old growth around you. For a brief while: a little over a mile into the hike, the trail abandons the roadbed and makes a steep climb. Over the next half-mile you’ll gain 760 vertical feet. A half-hour after leaving the roadbed, watch for a hollowed-out tulip poplar on your left, a good spot to have your picture taken.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

Begin your exploration of The Booger Man’s woods by crossing a footbridge over Palmer Creek. Head upstream a quarter-mile, then hang a left. For the next 3.8 miles or so you will be in Booger land. Shortly, the trail begins to climb along an old roadbed. The foot-friendliness of the trail makes up for what a steep climb it is. And not having to watch your step makes it easier to ogle the old growth around you.

For a brief while: a little over a mile into the hike, the trail abandons the roadbed and makes a steep climb. Over the next half-mile you’ll gain 760 vertical feet. A half-hour after leaving the roadbed, watch for a hollowed-out tulip poplar on your left, a good spot to have your picture taken.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cove Creek
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 1,531 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 to 4 hours
Season: Best in Spring
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountains National Park; USGS Cove Creek, Dellwood
Driving Directions: Directions to Cataloochee Valley — Boogerman Trail

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