Boogerman

Waynesville, North Carolina 28785

Boogerman

Boogerman Professional Review and Guide

"You might be a little wary of hiking a trail called “Boogerman,” but there’s no cause for alarm. Robert “Boogerman” Palmer, the former owner of much of the woodland
you hike through, supposedly received this nickname in school when he told his teacher he wanted to be the Boogerman when he grew up. (Another version says he told his teacher that his name was Boogerman.) Spooks or not, this hike is among the
finest in the park, with prolific spring wildflowers and some impressive trees, although the big hemlocks along the trail are now dead.

The hike begins with the crossing of Palmer Creek on a long, bouncy foot log, just upstream of its junction with Caldwell Fork to create Cataloochee Creek. The next 0.8 mile follows Caldwell Fork upstream. Cross the creek on a foot log and in a few yards come to the lower junction with Boogerman Trail.
Turn left onto Boogerman Trail and begin ascending moderately."

Boogerman Reviews

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7/12/2018
One of the best trails in the park. I have been coming to the Great Smokies since I was a kid and I never tire of this beautiful park. The Boogerman is an adventure for sure and the old growth trees are big and beautiful. Although there are a ton of footbridges it is still a good idea to bring water shoes or sandals for the multiple creek crossings!
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4/18/2017
A fun hike!
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4/21/2007
The trail was wonderful! The weather was great! I loved all the footlogs and water features. I would definitely stay to the right when the loop splits... otherwise you end up with a very steep incline to hike. The incline going to the right is a little more gradual and not so intense. Beautiful hike... we will certainly do this again!
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Trail Information

Waynesville
Nearby City
7.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Best season: Spring for the wildflowers
Season
Wildflowers
Features
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Contacts
Cove Creek Gap and Dellwood USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
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