Goldmine Loop — Tunnel Bypass Trail

Roundhill, North Carolina

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Psst. Want to escape the maddening crowds of peak leaf season in the Great Smokies? Especially that conga line of traffic slowly snaking out of Cherokee, North Carolina, on its 35-mile way along US Route 441 to Tennessee’s Gatlinburg? Then quietly sneak out of Cherokee and make a beeline down US Route 19 for Bryson City and little-known Lakeview Drive with access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You won’t find the stunning vistas to be had from atop Clingmans Dome. But you won’t find people elbowing their way up the trail, either. What you will find is an intimate 3.9-mile loop taking in the Goldmine Loop and the seemingly erroneously named Tunnel Bypass trails.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

Psst. Want to escape the maddening crowds of peak leaf season in the Great Smokies? Especially that conga line of traffic slowly snaking out of Cherokee, North Carolina, on its 35-mile way along US Route 441 to Tennessee’s Gatlinburg?

Then quietly sneak out of Cherokee and make a beeline down US Route 19 for Bryson City and little-known Lakeview Drive with access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You won’t find the stunning vistas to be had from atop Clingmans Dome. But you won’t find people elbowing their way up the trail, either. What you will find is an intimate 3.9-mile loop taking in the Goldmine Loop and the seemingly erroneously named Tunnel Bypass trails.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Roundhill
Distance: 3.9
Elevation Gain: 799 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Season: Best in Fall
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountains National Park; USGS Noland Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Goldmine Loop — Tunnel Bypass Trail

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