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Shuckstack from Twentymile Ranger Station

Fontana Dam, North Carolina

Shuckstack from Twentymile Ranger Station

Shuckstack from Twentymile Ranger Station Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
"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

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, Wild Flowers
Features
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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