Boogerman

Waynesville, North Carolina

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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.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

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.

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

Recent Trail Reviews

4/18/2017
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A fun hike!


4/21/2007
0

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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