Big Fork Ridge Circuit

Waynesville, North Carolina

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Old-growth trees highlight this loop hike that starts at lovely Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Add a visit to a pioneer homestead and you end up with a great day in the Smokies. The hike leaves Cataloochee on Rough Fork to see the Woody Place, then rambles under old growth, climbing up and over Big Fork Ridge to Caldwell Fork, a gorgeous stream. Visit the “Big Poplars,” massive tulip trees worthy of national park protection, then complete the circuit with a second climb of Big Fork Ridge.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Old-growth trees highlight this loop hike that starts at lovely Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Add a visit to a pioneer homestead and you end up with a great day in the Smokies.

The hike leaves Cataloochee on Rough Fork to see the Woody Place, then rambles under old growth, climbing up and over Big Fork Ridge to Caldwell Fork, a gorgeous stream. Visit the “Big Poplars,” massive tulip trees worthy of national park protection, then complete the circuit with a second climb of Big Fork Ridge.

© 2017 Johnny Molloy /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Waynesville
Distance: 9.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738, (865) 436-1200, nps.gov/grsm
Local Maps: Great Smoky Mountains National Park; USGS Bunches Bald, Dellwood
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Fork Ridge Circuit

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