Smokemont Loop

Cherokee, North Carolina

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For people staying at Smokemont Campground, this loop hike is a good way to spend part of the day.Parking is at one of the 3 general-purpose parking areas at Smokemont Campground. The parking area at the trailhead for Bradley Fork Trail can fill up quickly on weekends and during the busy season. The campground has restroom facilities. Begin on Bradley Fork Trail, which starts at the gate on the north end of the campground. Bradley Fork Trail follows an old road that closely runs alongside Bradley Fork for much of the route. It is an easy and popular walk, lined with wildflowers in early spring. At 1.2 miles Chasteen Creek Trail forks to the right. Stay to the left and continue following Bradley Fork upstream.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

For people staying at Smokemont Campground, this loop hike is a good way to spend part of the day.Parking is at one of the 3 general-purpose parking areas at Smokemont Campground. The parking area at the trailhead for Bradley Fork Trail can fill up quickly on weekends and during the busy season. The campground has restroom facilities.

Begin on Bradley Fork Trail, which starts at the gate on the north end of the campground. Bradley Fork Trail follows an old road that closely runs alongside Bradley Fork for much of the route. It is an easy and popular walk, lined with wildflowers in early spring. At 1.2 miles Chasteen Creek Trail forks to the right. Stay to the left and continue following Bradley Fork upstream.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Cherokee
Distance: 6.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best season: Spring for the wildflowers
Features: Wildflowers
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Smokemont USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Driving Directions: Directions to Smokemont Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

12/19/2006
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My wife and I spent our 25th anniversary(12/19/06)on the Smokemont Loop. Started with beautiful rushing Bradley Fork, took a left over a cool log bridge and up a strenuous 2 miles to a saddle in Richland Mountain with spectacular views. The trail crosses the ridge so there were great views of Clingman's Dome,Thomas Ridge and the mountains that separate NC and Tennessee along parts of the trail, and the vista that includes Hughes Ridge and the valleys and mountains to the SE on other parts of the trail. I am told that this is a heavily used trail in season, but being December we saw nary a soul, and the lack of foliage (except for luxuriant copses of rhododendron)was a definite plus. On parts of the trail, however, you can hear the traffic going up and down the blue ridge pway. We had originally planned on hiking Heintooga Bald, but the road was closed. We then drove to the border in order to hike the AT to the ice shelter, but not only was the trail socked in, it was covered with screaming teens. Back down the mountain to Smokemont, and it turned out to be everything that we were looking for. What a blessing to see God's creation spreading out before us during part of the hike, and sitting on a boulder and watching it rush by during another.



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