Eagle Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina
Elevation Gain3,591ft
Trailhead Elevation4,913ft
Elevation Min/Max1734/4931ft
Elevation Start/End4913/4913ft

Eagle Creek Trail

Eagle Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Tennessee and North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 8.6 miles long and begins at 4,913 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,591 feet. The Spence Field Shelter (elevation 4,875 feet), 97 (elevation 2,382 feet), and 89 (elevation 1,880 feet) camp sites, Spence Field, and the Big Fork Ridge can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Lakeshore Trail and Appalachian Trail.
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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"For those looking for a kick-butt Smokies adventure, here’s your hike. Probably the most strenuous hike in this guidebook, with big elevation gains and enough creek wades to make your feet stay pruny for days. But the rewards go far beyond a good workout. The hike features just about everything the park is famous for: cascading streams, varied plant life, scenic views, and history. As if that weren’t enough, you get to take a boat ride across Fontana Lake.For camp reading, get a copy of Hazel Creek from Then till Now by Duane Oliver or Fontana, A Pocket History of Appalachia by Lance Holland, both available from park sales outlets." Read more

Trail Information

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Nearby City
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Contacts
Fontana Dam, Cades Cove, Thunderhead Mountain, and Tuskeegee USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmont
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