Old Settlers Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Elevation Gain7,498ft
Trailhead Elevation1,695ft
Elevation Min/Max1410/2685ft
Elevation Start/End1695/1695ft

Old Settlers Trail

Old Settlers Trail is a hiking trail in Cocke County and Sevier County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 15.5 miles long and begins at 1,695 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 31.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,498 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Maddron Cemetery (elevation 2,274 feet) cemetery and the 33 (elevation 1,972 feet) camp site can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Gabes Mountain Trail and Maddron Bald Trail.

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"This hike isn’t for everyone. In summer it’s hot, buggy, overgrown, and infested with poison ivy. The views aren’t good and the forest is mostly second growth. It’s long and tiring, though only a few sections are steep. But if you’re a history buff, this trail was made especially for you. Old Settlers Trail passes by (and through) more evidence of early-settlement history than does any other trail in the park. There are old rock walls, cemeteries, chimneys, wagon traces, rotting structures, and pieces of old stoves and dishes scattered about. Some of the stone walls are remarkable, as though the builders were trying to show off instead of just clearing a plot for planting or clearing a roadbed."

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Local Contacts
Jones Cove, Mount Guyot, and Mount LeConte USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #317 Clingmans Dome Cataloochee
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