Old Settlers Trail

Cosby, Tennessee

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This hike isn’t for everyone. In summer it’s hot, buggy, overgrown, and infested with poison ivy. The views aren’t good and the forest is mostly second growth. It’s long and tiring, though only a few sections are steep. But if you’re a history buff, this trail was made especially for you. Old Settlers Trail passes by (and through) more evidence of early-settlement history than does any other trail in the park. There are old rock walls, cemeteries, chimneys, wagon traces, rotting structures, and pieces of old stoves and dishes scattered about. Some of the stone walls are remarkable, as though the builders were trying to show off instead of just clearing a plot for planting or clearing a roadbed.
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by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

This hike isn’t for everyone. In summer it’s hot, buggy, overgrown, and infested with poison ivy. The views aren’t good and the forest is mostly second growth. It’s long and tiring, though only a few sections are steep. But if you’re a history buff, this trail was made especially for you.

Old Settlers Trail passes by (and through) more evidence of
early-settlement history than does any other trail in the park. There are old rock walls, cemeteries, chimneys, wagon traces, rotting structures, and pieces of old stoves and dishes scattered about. Some of the stone walls are remarkable, as though the builders were trying to show off instead of just clearing a plot for planting or clearing a roadbed.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cosby
Distance: 17
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 9 hours or Overnight
Season: Best season: Winter or early spring before the poison ivy comes out
Local Contacts: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Local Maps: Jones Cove, Mount Guyot, and Mount LeConte USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Settlers Trail

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May 2018