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.
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).
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