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Laurel - Snow Pocket Wilderness Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The trail through the Laurel–Snow Pocket Wilderness leads to two waterfalls and two panoramic overlooks of the Great Valley of East Tennessee. The Richland Creek watershed was once a thriving coal-producing area. Along the trail you’ll see remains of the operation, including retaining walls that protected the rail line that ran along the creek bank. More remains of the coal mining operation are located just south of the parking area; a trail leads to rows of coke ovens that stretch through the woods for 200 yards. Unfortunately, they are now overgrown with kudzu and barely recognizable."
--Russ Manning, 40 Hikes In Tennessee's South Cumberland (The Mountaineers Books).
This a lovely trail, the first portion follows closely to the creek with many beautiful cascades and signs of an old mining site. The Old Dayton reservoir is also worth checking out off of the trail. The 2nd portion of the trail you are rewarded with some interesting waterfalls.
This trail passes the remains of the historic Dayton Iron & Cola company-old train tracks, bridge bases, a coke oven, retaining walls, etc. The trail is moderately strenuous. there is always a great view of the creek and great mountain views at the top.
Beautiful layout, you get the full experiance of what others only wish they could offer on a hiking adventure. The waterfalls, the landscape and the reward at the end...Just can't give this one enough stars.
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