Fontana Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"If you like a combination of mountains and lakes, this moderate hike is for you and any younger or inexperienced backpackers you may wish to bring along—though the mileages may be a bit challenging for the uninitiated. Start your trip on a boat that takes you on the pleasure ride from Fontana Marina to Hazel Creek.
Hike up a modest grade on Hazel Creek Trail through a valley steeped in settler and logging history to camp at Sugar Fork, one of the Smokies’ best campsites. Then backtrack down Hazel Creek to cross over into the Eagle Creek watershed on a newer section of Lakeshore Trail to camp on Fontana Lake and simultaneously enjoy a tumbling stream and a mountain-rimmed lake. On the way back, pass more human history, still on Lakeshore Trail, to reach the intersection with the Appalachian Trail, then walk over Fontana Dam, the highest in the East, to Fontana Marina."