Shuckstack from Twentymile Ranger Station

Fontana Dam, North Carolina 28733

Shuckstack from Twentymile Ranger Station

Shuckstack from Twentymile Ranger Station Professional Review and Guide

"This is one of the better "climb-it-because-it-is-there" hikes. Leave Twentymile Ranger Station, travel along pool-and-drop Twentymile Creek, and pass Twentymile Cascades. Climb from the valley onto a dry ridgeline, meeting the Appalachian Trail. A final ascent leads to a restored metal fire tower with a stupendous 360-degree view.

The clear skies of fall and winter avail the farthest-reaching views from Shuckstack Tower. In winter the cascades of Twentymile Creek may be frozen, adding a wintry treat to the trek. Views in summer can be hazy."

More Shuckstack from Twentymile Ranger Station Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

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Trail Information

Fontana Dam
Nearby City
11 miles
Distance
2,660 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
6-8 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Features
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Contacts

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Oct 2018