Bradley Fork Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

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Bradley Fork Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 2,914 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,929 feet.
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Bradley Fork Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 6.0 miles long and begins at 2,914 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,929 feet. This trail connects with the following: Cabin Flats Trail, Smokemont Loop Trail, Smokemont Stables Trail, Chasteen Creek Trail, Hughes Ridge Trail and Tow String Horse Trail.
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 6.0
Elevation Gain: 2,929 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 2,914 feet
Top Elevation: 5,071 feet
Features: Wildflowers
Driving Directions: Directions to Bradley Fork Trail
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2365/5071 ft
Elevation Start/End: 2914/2922 ft

Bradley Fork Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is a grand backpacking trip, featuring much of what makes the Smokies famous. It offers several miles of scenic creek-side hiking, old-growth forests, abundant spring wildflowers, a rare shingle (pebble) beach beside Bradley Fork, and a few very nice cascades.

One thing it doesn’t have, though, is good distinct views. In winter there are some fair views from Hughes Ridge, but this hike is more about getting intimate with the forest all around you."

Recent Trail Reviews

1/19/2007
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An unexpected warm weekend allowed me to take this hike with my 12 year old son. This was a very nice winter hike. Lots of creek views and ridge hiking. Day 1 is an easy hike to the upper chasteen campsite and the site is tucked away in a very scenic spot with chasteen creek nearby. The best day of this hike is day 2 (and the hardest). The first two miles of day 2 are grueling... up and up and up, but the views are very good on for a winter hike. The surprise for me on this hike was the the Bradford Fork Trail on Day 2. The Bradford Fork runs through a huge valley with large boulder fields. The trail is sometimes right on the creek and at other times perched on the side of the valley a hundred feet above the creek. You also get the opportunity to see the Bradford Fork start as a trickle and become a very large creek by the time you make camp on day 2 at Campsite 49. All in all this is a great winter hike. Lots of People within a mile of the trail head, but only saw a couple people after that. I highly recommend this hike.



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