Chasteen Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Distance4.1mi
Elevation Gain2,941ft
Trailhead Elevation2,370ft
Top4,834ft
Elevation Min/Max2370/4834ft
Elevation Start/End2370/2370ft

Chasteen Creek Trail

Chasteen Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 2,370 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,941 feet. The 50 (elevation 2,392 feet) and 48 (elevation 3,658 feet) camp sites can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Bradley Fork Trail, Enloe Creek Trail and Hughes Ridge Trail.

Chasteen Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This Great Smoky Mountains National Park waterfall hike leads from Smokemont Campground, open year-round. The trek travels along Bradley Fork, former home to pioneers eking out a living on streamside flats. The creek displays superlative mountain stream scenery. You will then turn up a tributary—Chasteen Creek—to find a waterfall waiting. The entire walk is bathed in national park–level scenery. The mostly wide and gentle graded trail is good for families, though horses can muck up flat spots along Chasteen Creek."

"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."

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7/22/2007
Overall this trail was good and scenary was fantastic. We hiked down from Clingmans Dome and back up Mt. Buckley for a great view into North Carolina. We then traveled down the Appalachian Trail before descending down Goshen Prong Trail to Camp Rock Campsite (23). Goshen Prong was slighly overgrown and had difficult footing in places. The camp site was set is a quiet wooded area near to Fish Camp Creek and has several pulley systems set up for hanging packs to keep bears and other animals out which was nice. The next morning we hiked out which proved to be long and difficult especially since we started out in a heavy rain shower with an elevation change from 3000 ft up to 6643 ft at the top of Clingmans Dome. Overall the hike was enjoyable with great views - especially along the ridgelines of Clingmans Dome and Mt. Buckley.
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6/22/2007
This was a great weekend hike which my cousin and I turned into an overnight hike due to the pace at which we were moving on the second day. The campsites could be spaced a bit better on the last leg, but overall we had no complaints. We were originally going to hike from Campsite 30 to Mt. Collins Shelter and stop, but we got there so early we decided to just keep on going. This was our first backpacking trip and though some parts were moderately strenuous, the overall trip was pretty easy. The scenery was beautiful and I would definitely recommend this hike.
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7/4/2006
Great Hike, good 3-day trip I hiked it from west to east. There is a lot of uphill hiking. Might be easier to go to the Mt. Collins Shelter the first night. I would recommend that you hike another trip before this though to condition your legs for the uphill. Happy Backpacking
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5/26/2006
I did this trail in 3 days. I started on the trail going west to campgroud 23 for the 1st night. This part was a moderate hike. The campground has a creek that runs within 50 yards and even has room to take a dip (too cold at the time). The second day I hiked to the shelter that is 5 miles from the dome. Make sure you have water because once you cross the creek for the last time there is not water to be found. Continuing to the shelter was a good decision because the hike was mostly up hill and steep. The shelter has a very small stream for water that is 1/3 of a mile north from the shelter. Get water on the way in or you will have to go back down the hill. The last day of hiking was mostly up hill and the walk from clingman's dome to the parking lot is 1/2 mile steep downhill. It is not a very scenic trip because the overlooks have trees and I was not able to see a lot. Overall it was a fun trip but was long and strenuous. I would not recommend doing this with children or the weak hearted.
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4/15/2006
Great trail. More crowded around the trailheads and on the Appalachian Trail, but the crowd got sparse a few miles in. The guide calls for a three day hike, but if you can do the final 12.8 miles in a day (almost all uphill) then you could easily combine the first 2 days and stay at 3 Forks campsite that night. Good for someone like me who only has a weekend to hike.
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7/6/2005
This hike has a little bit of everything. Ridge walking mountain top views, deep valley lush forest, and plenty of creeks/streams. We went a little further on our ridge walk and went to Sliers Bald Shelter. Newly renovated shelter is very nice, the water source was less than desirable though. The trails leading back to Clinmans Dome are not for the faint of heart, especially with a good size pack. Great overall hike. Starting from the AT at Clingmans Dome it is very crowded. The solitute is great when you head down Goshen Prong Tr. to the area of Little River.
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8/22/2004
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