Big Firescald Loop

Johnson City, Tennessee

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This loop is set in the Shelton Laurel Backcountry of the Pisgah National Forest. Th e Jerry Miller Trail takes you to a 100-foot waterslide before opening onto Whiteoak Flats meadow. Ascend to the Appalachian Trail. Walk the stony knife-edge delineating North Carolina and Tennessee. Incredible 360-degree views appear from atop Big Firescald Knob, a half mile of continuous outcrops opening into the Tar Heel State and the Volunteer State. A steep trip down Fork Ridge takes you back to the trailhead.

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"This loop is set in the Shelton Laurel Backcountry of the Pisgah National Forest. Th e Jerry Miller Trail takes you to a 100-foot waterslide before opening onto Whiteoak Flats meadow. Ascend to the Appalachian Trail. Walk the stony knife-edge delineating North Carolina and Tennessee. Incredible 360-degree views appear from atop Big Firescald Knob, a half mile of continuous outcrops opening into the Tar Heel State and the Volunteer State. A steep trip down Fork Ridge takes you back to the trailhead."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Johnson City
Distance: 10.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6.5–7.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Greystone

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Jun 2018