Brushy Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A fine outing featuring historic structures and ruins, wildflowers, and great views, the hike to Brushy Mountain is a gem of the Smokies. If you hike in April, expect lots of company along the first mile from folks hiking to see the wildflowers along Porters Creek. Once you start on the Brushy Mountain Trail portion, you’ll have most of the hike to yourself. Start up the gravel road and soon come to a great view of Porters Creek at a washout. A little farther along you begin noticing relics of life before the park was established, such as rock walls and old homesites. Cross a small creek branch on a bridge and pass a nice patch of crested dwarf iris, just up the hill. An old cemetery lies to the right, and just beyond it is an old rusty vehicle sitting 100 feet into the woods."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
"This hike traverses old farming areas and ascends through dry ridge country to arrive at Trillium Gap. A short climb leads you to the top of Brushy Mountain, where views await amid a heath-bald plant community. The more than 2,500-foot climb is steady, but the varied forest types and the view at the end are well worth the effort."
--Johnny Molloy, Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
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