Noland Divide Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Distance11.4mi
Elevation Gain6,281ft
Trailhead Elevation1,816ft
Top5,930ft
Elevation Min/Max1816/5930ft
Elevation Start/End1816/1816ft

Noland Divide Trail

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.

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."

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9/20/2010
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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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Clingmans Dome and Bryson City USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
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