"This loop travels watercourses and ridges of the Bradley Fork watershed. Leave Smokemont Campground and make your way up Bradley Fork, then turn up Chasteen Creek, where a waterfall awaits along a side trail. Continue to the upper reaches of the stream and overnight at Upper Chasteen Creek Backcountry Campsite. The next day, climb through mountainside woodlands to reach Hughes Ridge. Here, rhododendron and altitude-loving Fraser fir trees line the trail.
Take a pleasant stroll in the high country before dropping down Taywa Creek and returning to Bradley Fork. Head up Bradley Fork to camp at Cabin Flats, one of the Smokies’ most notorious campsites for frequent bear encounters. Worry not: bear-proof food storage cables have been installed here, as at all other Smokies campsites. Bradley Fork is simply beautiful here and is great for wading, fishing, or simply peering into the crystalline waters. Also, in June, backpackers can achieve a big-bloom “triple crown”: flame azalea, mountain laurel, and rhododendron flower along the trails."