Cabin Flats Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 2,922 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 562 feet. The 49 (elevation 3,068 feet) camp site can be seen along the trail.
Cabin Flats Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This water-based backpack has a little high country mixed in. Travel up Bradley Fork to dead end at a streamside flat deep in the mountains. Leave the valley and climb to quiet Hughes Ridge where northern hardwoods and evergreens await. Descend to a streamside camp along upper Chasteen Creek. Your return route leads past Chasteen Creek Cascades.
Summer is good for swimming and fishing. In June, backpackers can achieve a big bloom “triple crown,” as flame azalea, mountain laurel, and rhododendron color the trails. The spring wildflowers along Bradley Fork are stunning. The elevation variation is sure to bring autumn splash anytime during the fall. Crowds aren’t much of an issue here, though Cabin Flats backcountry campsite #49 sees summer weekend use."
--Johnny Molloy, Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition (Wilderness Press).
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