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."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
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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