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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park
by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)
While there’s no such thing as a bad hike in the Smokies, this one isn’t one of the best. The forest here is scraggly and seems to be struggling to recover from years of pre-park farming and clearing. Poison ivy covers the trail sides, and you’re within earshot (sometimes eyesight) of a paved road the entire way. That said, one attribute of this hike makes it worth including in this guidebook. It makes a great split-party hike. Go with the family to visit Noah “Bud” Ogle Place, maybe hiking the nature trail, and then let them go back to the hotel in Gatlinburg while you laze your way back on foot. The trail ends at the common boundary between the park and Gatlinburg.
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