Bradley Fork Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Distance7.2mi
Elevation Gain3,233ft
Trailhead Elevation2,249ft
Top5,071ft
Elevation Min/Max2249/5071ft
Elevation Start/End2249/2249ft

Bradley Fork Trail

Bradley Fork Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 7.2 miles long and begins at 2,249 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,233 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. This trail connects with the following: Cabin Flats Trail, Smokemont Loop Trail, Carver Cemeter Access, Smokemont Stables Trail, Chasteen Creek Trail, Hughes Ridge Trail and Tow String Horse Trail.

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides)
Kevin Adams
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"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."

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1/19/2007
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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Trail Information

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Nearby City
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Wildflowers
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Contacts
Smokemont and Mount Guyot USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
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