Noland Divide Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

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Noland Divide Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 11.4 miles long and begins at 1,816 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,281 feet. The Deep Creek Picnic Pavilion shelter is near the trailhead. There are also parkings and parking. The Beaugard Ridge and the Lower Sassafras Gpa saddle can be seen along the trail.
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Noland Divide Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Swain County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 11.4 miles long and begins at 1,816 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,281 feet. The Deep Creek Picnic Pavilion shelter is near the trailhead. There are also parkings and parking. The Beaugard Ridge and the Lower Sassafras Gpa saddle can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Noland Creek Trail and Pole Road Creek Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 11.4
Elevation Gain: 6,281 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,816 feet
Top Elevation: 5,930 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Noland Divide Trail
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 1816/5930 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1816/1816 ft

Noland Divide Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Few other hikes in the Smokies offer the diversity of forest types that this one does. Starting at 5,929 feet and ending at just under 1,800 feet, the hike is roughly equivalent (ecologically) to driving from Canada to North Carolina.

The hike also offers a diversity in the weather. From fall through spring the temperature can be in the fifties Fahrenheit at the lower trailhead while it’s snowing at the upper. This hike isn’t for everyone, though. You don’t see a creek until a short distance from the end and there is only one completely clear view along the entire length."

Recent Trail Reviews

9/20/2010
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boy and i hiked part of the noland divide, up until (i think) dell poll road or something like that. it's mostly uphill if you're hiking South-North and you're walking along a ridge, so there's a few pros and cons: pros: a few AMAZING views that are just absolutely stunning (can we please have some campsites up there? thank you); i think part of it is a horse trail, so you'll sometimes see horseys cons: uphill like 95% of the way. it's tiring. you're also in the forest for most of the time, so it's not spectacular views 24/7.



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