"You might be a little wary of hiking a trail called “Boogerman,” but there’s no cause for alarm. Robert “Boogerman” Palmer, the former owner of much of the woodland you hike through, supposedly received this nickname in school when he told his teacher he wanted to be the Boogerman when he grew up. (Another version says he told his teacher that his name was Boogerman.) Spooks or not, this hike is among the finest in the park, with prolific spring wildflowers and some impressive trees, although the big hemlocks along the trail are now dead. The hike begins with the crossing of Palmer Creek on a long, bouncy foot log, just upstream of its junction with Caldwell Fork to create Cataloochee Creek. The next 0.8 mile follows Caldwell Fork upstream. Cross the creek on a foot log and in a few yards come to the lower junction with Boogerman Trail. Turn left onto Boogerman Trail and begin ascending moderately." Read more
"A footlog crossing is an appropriate beginning for this hike; you’ll be quite familiar with them before this loop is over. But first, enjoy the beauty of huge trees, old homesites, and mountain streams on this fulfilling hike, whose trail name was the nickname of the man who owned the land, one Robert “Boogerman” Palmer. There is quite a bit of up and down, and the trail makers, while using old roads, make a few twists and turns to take you by the biggest trees in the area." Read more
"This trail is named for shy Robert “Boogerman” Palmer. When asked his name in school, he purportedly hid his face and said, “Boogerman.” It stuck for life.
This hike appropriately starts with a footlog crossing. You’ll be quite familiar with these narrow bridges before this loop is over. Along the way enjoy huge trees, homesites, and mountain streams. There is quite a bit of up and down, but the trail makers were simply visiting the biggest trees in the area.
Winter is a good time, since the elevations aren’t high and the lack of leaves allows views of big trees and historic homesites. Spring reveals copious wildflowers along Caldwell Fork. Summer could be warm. The trails are their driest in fall." Read more
"This hike delivers national-park-level scenery on the east end of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Explore an assortment of pioneer homesites, old-growth trees, and mountain streams. And you will be very familiar with the streams, first heading up Caldwell Fork. Turn up Palmer Branch to visit Robert “Boogerman” Palmer’s homestead. Pass big trees, then descend Snake Branch with more homesites, rich with relics and big trees, too. Hike back down Caldwell Fork, crossing it on numerous fun footlog bridges that enhance your looks at the crystalline Carolina stream." Read more