Cane Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Elevation Gain578ft
Trailhead Elevation1,547ft
Elevation Min/Max1230/1554ft
Elevation Start/End1547/1547ft

Cane Creek Trail

Cane Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 1,547 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 578 feet. The 2 (elevation 1,335 feet) camp site and the Buchanan Family cemetery can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Cane Gap saddle. This trail connects with the following: Buchanan Cemetery Access and Cooper Road Trail.

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Top Trails: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition (Wilderness Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This secluded low-elevation hike leads from Abrams Creek Ranger Station through lush valleys and over piney ridges to the Buchanan Cemetery, an interment for the residents of now-wild Cane Creek valley. The last part of the hike traverses the relatively little-used Cane Creek Trail. Pass two less-used backcountry campsites along the way. As a low-elevation hike, it might be hot on the trail in the summer. That same low elevation makes this hike appealing in winter, when the temperatures will be much milder than in the high country." Read more

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This is a really easy hike along Cane Creek past lush valleys and forested ridges to the Buchanan Cemetery and park boundary. We really enjoyed this hike. It was peaceful and beautiful, very secluded, which was a welcome alternative to the more crowded trails and areas of the park. The trailhead is at Abrams Creek Ranger Station - the Cooper Road Trail starts at the rear of Abrams Creek Campground. The trail is wide; it looks like it was made for horses so you don’t have to walk single file you. You can actually walk next to your hiking partners and talk comfortably. The view was all a beautiful Smoky Mountain panoramic gift. The trails are pretty clearly marked and there are plenty of signs that direct you which way to go. This was a very peaceful, quiet, serene walk and if you have the chance to do some back country camping there are opportunities to do so.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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