"This round-trip hike will take you through a relatively remote portion of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While only a short portion of the hike is on the A.T., you do get the impressive views from the Shuckstack fire tower, while getting to take in an enjoyable walk along Twentymile Creek, including Twentymile Cascades, en route to the A.T. Be forewarned, though, that the fire tower has fallen into disrepair and may eventually be removed by the park service.
From the gated road at Twentymile Ranger Station, follow Twentymile Trail for 0.5 mile, ascending along Twentymile Creek’s falls and pools to where it crosses Moore Spring Branch on a wide bridge. After crossing the bridge, continue right on Twentymile Trail, passing the junction with Wolf Ridge Trail. In 0.1 mile there is a short side trail to the bottom of Twentymile Cascades, where Twentymile Creek falls over a series of stone slabs." Read more
"Twentymile is one of the Smokies’ most remote areas. You’ll travel along Twentymile Creek on an old railroad grade, past Twentymile Cascades, up to the Appalachian Trail and Shuckstack Mountain, and finally to a fire tower that offers one of those worth-the-effort, above-the-treetops, 360-degree panoramas." Read more