Blanket Mountain via Jakes Creek

Gaitlinburg, Tennessee

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This hike starts along noisy Jakes Creek and ends atop Blanket Mountain, site of a former fire tower. Despite forest encroachment, a high open glade persists and makes an ideal spot for a high-country picnic, at 4,600 feet atop old Smoky. Follow a railroad grade for most of your journey through this watershed of bygone logging and human settlement. The park’s last permanent lifetime resident, Lem Ownby, lived not far from the trailhead. He passed away in 1980, at the age of 91. When the park was formed, many residents deeded over their lands, then were given lifetime leases that allowed them to live out their days in the mountains they cherished.

Blanket Mountain via Jakes Creek Professional Review and Guide

"This hike starts along noisy Jakes Creek and ends atop Blanket Mountain, site of a former fire tower. Despite forest encroachment, a high open glade persists and makes an ideal spot for a high-country picnic, at 4,600 feet atop old Smoky. Follow a railroad grade for most of your journey through this watershed of bygone logging and human settlement.

The park’s last permanent lifetime resident, Lem Ownby, lived not far from the trailhead. He passed away in 1980, at the age of 91. When the park was formed, many residents deeded over their lands, then were given lifetime leases that allowed them to live out their days in the mountains they cherished."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gaitlinburg
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Blanket Mountain via Jakes Creek

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7/9/1997
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The disappointment at reaching the summit and having no views despite the grassy top is still fresh and painful to me. It would be 4 stars if not for the nonfinish.



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