Cooper Road Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Elevation Gain4,225ft
Trailhead Elevation1,817ft
Elevation Min/Max1112/2226ft
Elevation Start/End1817/1817ft

Cooper Road Trail

Cooper Road Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Blount County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 10.4 miles long and begins at 1,817 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,225 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and restrooms. The Stony Ridge can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Beard Cane Trail, Cane Creek Trail, Little Bottoms Trail, Gold Mine Trail, Buchanan Cemetery Access, Hatcher Mountain Trail and Wet Bottom Trail.

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides)
Kevin Adams
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"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."

Cooper Road Trail Trip Reports

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The Cooper Road Trail is a long hike (just under 11 miles one way), but is not steep and does not have much of an elevation gain even though it is, in fact, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is a wide trail and is well-maintained. The terrain is not difficult at hall, but the length makes it quite challenging. It has three access points and it intersects with a number of other loops. So, you could set out to hike the whole trail or hike just part of it, either alone or in combination with all or part of another loop. You can access it from Cades Cove (eastern end), Abrams Creek Campground (western end), or Goldmine Road Trail (just over 2 ½ miles from the trailhead for Abrams Creek).
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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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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
USGS Cades Cove, Kinzel Springs, Blockhouse, Calderwood
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