Big Fork Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 2,817 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,765 feet.
Big Fork Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Old-growth trees highlight this loop hike that starts at lovely Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Add a visit to a pioneer homestead and you end up with a great day in the Smokies. The hike leaves Cataloochee on Rough Fork to see the Woody Place, then rambles under old growth, climbing up and over Big Fork Ridge to Caldwell Fork, a gorgeous stream. Visit the “Big Poplars,” massive tulip trees worthy of national park protection, then complete the circuit with a second climb of Big Fork Ridge."
--Johnny Molloy , Best Hikes Near Asheville, North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
"Big trees are the stars of this loop, which starts in lovely Cataloochee Valley. Of course, the numerous old-growth giants are complemented by other attractive aspects of Smoky Mountain scenery. Add a visit to a pioneer homestead and you end up with a great day in this national park.
Start on Rough Fork Trail, tracing a clear mountain stream. Stop by Woody Place, then enter the land of the giants, where stately oak trees form a forest cathedral. Climb away from Rough Fork to meet Caldwell Fork Trail. Descend past the “Big Poplars,” in truth huge tulip trees, then walk along Caldwell Fork Valley. Return over Big Fork Ridge to Cataloochee. This loop has two climbs; neither is particularly long or difficult."
--Johnny Molloy, Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
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