Brushy Mountain Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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Brushy Mountain Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 4,717 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,300 feet. The trail ends near Brushy Mountain.
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Brushy Mountain Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 4,717 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,300 feet. The trail ends near Brushy Mountain. This trail connects with the following: Porters Creek Trail and Trillium Gap Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 3,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,717 feet
Top Elevation: 4,913 feet
Features: Wildflowers
Driving Directions: Directions to Brushy Mountain Trail
Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 2212/4913 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4717/4717 ft

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."

"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."

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May 2018