Cooper Road Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Although this hike begins from the most popular location in the park—Cades Cove—you’ll have most of the trip to yourself. The extreme western end of the park sees far fewer hikers than other areas, but the rewards are just as good. There really isn’t a preferred time of year to make this hike, but late May to early June is a good time. It’s warm enough to make the creek wades bearable and the forest is ablaze in mountain laurel blooms. Winter has a special charm, but Abrams Creek can be impassable then."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
Started this loop hike on from Rabbit Creek. Stayed at backcountry sites #15 and then #11, off Beard Cane Trail. Overall, a pretty hike, but nothing spectactular about it. No great views of the mountains, although a number of views were just behind the trees for the better part of the walk. Easy traveling, but I've never dodged so much horse manure on this multi-use trail in my life. Add an open view and lower the amount of horses and this trail would be a 5 star easily.
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