Cataloochee Horse Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 2,641 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 196 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. The Palmer Chapel (elevation 2,720 feet) place of worship and the Cataloochee Seasonal Quarters & Ranger Station ranger station can be seen along the trail.
Cataloochee Horse Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Cataloochee Divide Trail rewards whether you do the entire, daylong 12.8-mile out-and-back enchilada, or just hike the 1.2 miles to the overlook. It is a trail for both the avid outdoors person and the family looking for a challenging, but not death-defying, scenery-packed outing."
--Joe Miller, 100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books).
"Begin your exploration of The Booger Man’s woods by crossing a footbridge over Palmer Creek. Head upstream a quarter-mile, then hang a left. For the next 3.8 miles or so you will be in Booger land. Shortly, the trail begins to climb along an old roadbed. The foot-friendliness of the trail makes up for what a steep climb it is. And not having to watch your step makes it easier to ogle the old growth around you. For a brief while: a little over a mile into the hike, the trail abandons the roadbed and makes a steep climb. Over the next half-mile you’ll gain 760 vertical feet. A half-hour after leaving the roadbed, watch for a hollowed-out tulip poplar on your left, a good spot to have your picture taken."
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