Pretty Hollow Gap Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Haywood County, North Carolina. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 2,782 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,657 feet. The 39 (elevation 3,077 feet) camp site can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Pretty Hollow Gap saddle.
Pretty Hollow Gap Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Explore highlands above scenic Cataloochee Valley on this two-night backpack circuit. An easy first day leads to Pretty Hollow campsite. The next day, ascend a deeply cut gorge, reaching spruce forest at Pretty Hollow Gap. Join Mount Sterling Ridge and cruise the high country to camp at Laurel Gap Shelter, over a mile high. From there, follow Balsam Mountain then dip into the lowlands via the lush Palmer Creek Trail.
Late spring to early summer is the best time to make this loop. The high country is relatively warm but still feels springlike. Fall presents great color. Winter can be harsh and snowy up high."
--Johnny Molloy, Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition (Wilderness Press).
"Leave scenic Cataloochee Valley, seeing an old school and former fields before heading up Pretty Hollow to make your first campsite. The next day, continue up a deeply cut gorge reaching spruce forest at Pretty Hollow Gap. From here, join Mount Sterling Ridge and cruise the high country to camp at Laurel Gap shelter, more than 1 mile high. Your last day is your longest as you follow Balsam Mountain then dip into the lowlands via the lush Palmer Creek Trail."
--Johnny Molloy, Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
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