Mount Cammerer Trail is a hiking trail in Tennessee and North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 4,951 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 286 feet. The Sharpton Gap saddle can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Mount Cammerer and Mount Cammerer (elevation 4,669 feet) and the Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower (elevation 4,928 feet) tower.
Mount Cammerer Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike provides the shortest route to the Mount Cammerer Lookout on the rocky summit of Mount Cammerer. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the fire lookout in the 1930s, using the same design as the lookouts on the treeless and rocky mountains of the western states. After falling in disrepair the lookout was restored in 1995 and it is now open for hikers to enjoy, although it is again in need of some repair. The panoramic view from the lookout is spectacular at any time, but if you can make this hike in October when the autumn foliage peaks, you’ll have a hard time pulling yourself away. Low Gap Trail begins from the hiker parking area and soon passes behind the campground amphitheater and the trailhead for Cosby Nature Trail. Pay attention to the trail signs through here, because a number of paths lead off from the main trail."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Soak in boundless views from a historic, restored lookout tower. Leave Cosby Campground and head up Cosby Creek valley through gorgeous woodland to the state line. Meet the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) at Low Gap. Cruise the state line to emerge at an outcrop and tower where the world falls away.The trail’s beginning, within the greater realm of Cosby Campground, can be a bit confusing, with numerous trail junctions in the first 0.5 mile. But a little persistence and soon you will be ascending the gorgeous valley of Cosby Creek, where tall trees shade mossy boulders and Cosby Creek forms a watery attraction alongside which proliferate wildflowers in spring."
--Johnny Molloy , Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South (Menasha Ridge Press).
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