Hazel Creek and Bone Valley

Fontana Dam, North Carolina

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All of this hike is on old roads, and the first 5 miles or so aren’t much different from walking any of the drivable dirt roads in the park. If you’re looking to hike a true trail, this hike will disappoint you. That said, the hike is extremely rewarding for anyone interested in the early settlement and logging history of the park. Also, getting to the trailhead is a special delight as it includes a boat ride across Fontana Lake! Before you can make this trip, you must get to the trailhead on the north side of Fontana Lake. You could hike about 10 miles from Fontana Dam on Lakeshore Trail, but a boat shuttle adds a unique highlight to the trip.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

All of this hike is on old roads, and the first 5 miles or so aren’t much different from walking any of the drivable dirt roads in the park. If you’re looking to hike a true trail,
this hike will disappoint you. That said, the hike is extremely rewarding for anyone interested in the early settlement and logging history of the park.

Also, getting to the trailhead is a special delight as it includes a boat ride across Fontana Lake! Before you can make this trip, you must get to the trailhead on the north side of Fontana Lake. You could hike about 10 miles from Fontana Dam on Lakeshore Trail, but a boat shuttle adds a unique highlight to the trip.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Fontana Dam
Distance: 15.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 7 hours to Overnight
Season: Year-round, best summer
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Fontana Dam (lake portion only), Tuskeegee, and Thunderhead Mountain USGS quad; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
Driving Directions: Directions to Hazel Creek and Bone Valley

Recent Trail Reviews

4/5/2006
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A friend and I started our trip at cable cove boat ramp where we launched or kayaks. The paddle across the lake to proctor was calm and relaxing. Upon our arrival at proctor we were met with several fat drunks with beer coolers that had just been unloaded by the shuttle from the marina. These guys draged thier coolers to the nearest location to put a tent so thank god we didn't have to camp near. The hike up Hazel Creek was an easy walk up a gravel road this is not a trail. The walk was outstanding and easy what a beautiful location. We walked to campsite 83 pitched our tents and went looking for trout. The next day was spent walking the area to Bone valley and beyond. This area is wonderful the the hike is we'll worth the effort. I do recommend not camping at proctor it's just not the wilderness experince.



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