Spruce-Fir Self-Guiding Nature Trail

Bryson City, North Carolina 28713

Spruce-Fir Self-Guiding Nature Trail

Spruce-Fir Self-Guiding Nature Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This 0.5-mile nature trail wanders the whispering lush evergreens of a Canadian zone forest. It also showcases a microcosm of the environmental factors that are destroying the world’s high-elevation woodlands.

The ultimate irony may be that even as we argue the causes of global warming, these northern forests, so dependent for survival on the South’s coldest climate, are being killed by simple air pollution. That same pollution can make hiking a little harder on hazy days, and the park indeed issues pollution alerts. There’s no better place in the Smokies to experience the unfolding tragedy of what we’re doing to our planet."

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Trail Information

Bryson City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
30 minutes
Closed in winter, from Dec 1 through Mar 31.
Additional Use
Great Smoky Mountains National Park. www.nps.gov/grsm
Local Contacts
USGS Clingmans Dome; TOPO! North Carolina, South Carolina
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018