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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?"
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
This is a very calm, east and nice hike. Several nice vistas, very representative of the Smoky Mountains.
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