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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park
by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)
With picturesque streams, views, wildflowers, a scenic waterfall, and some fun ridge walking, this hike makes a good option for those looking for a long day hike or an easy overnighter. Another plus is that it isn’t very crowded, although you probably won’t have the entire hike to yourself except in the dead of winter.Walk up the gravel road past the gate on Jakes Creek Trail. Climb fairly steeply to the junction with Cucumber Gap Trail, cutting sharply back to the left (east). Continue straight ahead on Jakes Creek Trail, following an old logging grade. Descend slightly a few hundred feet to the junction with Meigs Mountain Trail on the right. Stay on Jakes Creek Trail and hike through a characteristic second-growth yellow poplar (tulip tree) forest while making a steady ascent on a wide parallel of Jakes Creek.
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