Spruce-Fir Nature Trail

Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

Spruce-Fir Nature Trail

Spruce-Fir Nature Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike is included in this guidebook only because the book features all of the park’s self-guiding nature trails. The nature trails provide great opportunities to learn about the park ecosystem without investing a lot of effort.

However, Spruce-Fir Nature Trail provides little more than a case of depression. Not too many years ago, you could hike a few dozen yards away from the road along this trail and feel as though you were in the middle of a wilderness. It was dark, cool, dense, and mysterious. Today, it’s open, hot, weedy, and depressing. The large fir trees are dead and many of the spruces uprooted. Briers invade the open areas. This is a common scene in spruce-fir forests today."

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Trail Information

Bryson City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
20 minutes
Clingmans Dome Road is closed Dec 1–Mar 31.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Contacts
Clingmans Dome USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Local Maps

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Dec 2018