Goldmine Loop

Bryson City, North Carolina

Goldmine Loop

Goldmine Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This short loop hike traverses a seldom-visited area of the Smokies. Beginning at Lakeview Drive, you hike down to Fontana Lake. The trail moves away from the lake, passing several old homesites along the way, then returns to Lakeview Drive through Lakeview Tunnel. Several old roads and trails branch off Goldmine Loop Trail, so watch your direction."

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Maggie Valley, NC
Adventurer | 397 pts
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Really fun trail - in addition to great scenery there is a lake and a tunnel.
Fayetteville, NC
Pathfinder | 130 pts
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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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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Travel a seldom-trod area of the Smokies, finding forgotten chimneys of old homesites. Gain views of Fontana Lake and small streams that feed it. Several old roads and trails spur off the loop, luring budding historians. Summer is when Fontana Lake is at full pool and best for swimming. During fall the trails are their driest. Open winter woods reveal old homesites most clearly and offer maximum solitude. The Goldmine Loop is an undiscovered gem of a day hike in the Smoky Mountains." Read more
Kevin Adams
"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?" Read more

Trail Information

Bryson City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.75 hours
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Wild Flowers