Goldmine Loop

Bryson City, North Carolina

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At only a little over 3 miles long and offering a fine hiking experience far away from the big crowds in other areas of the park, it’s surprising that this hike doesn’t get more attention. Beyond the first 0.25 mile there’s a good chance that you’ll have the hike all to yourself. The 0.2-mile tunnel at the start is a popular destination, however, so expect to meet people when you walk through it. (Don’t be surprised if you see them with cans of spray paint in their hands.) The tunnel makes a unique hiking experience. It’s long enough that it gets dark and spooky in the middle. Length aside, how many hikes start out with a walk through a tunnel on a road to nowhere?

Goldmine Loop Professional Review and Guide

"At only a little over 3 miles long and offering a fine hiking experience far away from the big crowds in other areas of the park, it’s surprising that this hike doesn’t get more
attention. Beyond the first 0.25 mile there’s a good chance that you’ll have the hike all to yourself.

The 0.2-mile tunnel at the start is a popular destination, however, so expect to meet people when you walk through it. (Don’t be surprised if you see them with cans of spray paint in their hands.) The tunnel makes a unique hiking experience. It’s long enough that it gets dark and spooky in the middle. Length aside, how many hikes start out with a walk through a tunnel on a road to nowhere?"

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Bryson City
Distance: 3.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best season: June for the mountain laurel bloom
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Noland Creek USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
Driving Directions: Directions to Goldmine Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

11/24/2009
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This is a very calm, east and nice hike. Several nice vistas, very representative of the Smoky Mountains.



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May 2018