Cataloochee Horse Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Elevation Gain196ft
Trailhead Elevation2,641ft
Elevation Min/Max2631/2747ft
Elevation Start/End2641/2641ft

Cataloochee Horse Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Caldwell Fork Trail.

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina (The Mountaineers Books)
Joe Miller
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"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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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Trails Illustrated Great Smoky Mountains National Park; USGS Cove Creek, Dellwood
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