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."