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Big Fork Ridge Loop Professional Review and Guide
"Visit a homesite and huge trees on this loop. Follow Rough Fork in old-growth northern red oak, climbing up and over Big Fork Ridge to Caldwell Fork, a gorgeous stream. Pass the “Big Poplars,” massive tulip trees. Complete the circuit with a second climb of Big Fork Ridge.
Because this watery loop requires no wet fords, winter is a great time to enjoy it. That’s when the large forest trees really stand out. During the warm season, anglers can fish and hikers can take a dip in the creek. The big trees display their colors in autumn. Two backcountry campsites make for a good one-night starter loop or an extended backpack fishing foray."
--Johnny Molloy, Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition (Wilderness Press).
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