Old Forge Loop

Johnson City, Tennessee

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This circuit is long on wildfl owers in spring. Start at scenic Old Forge Campground, and then ascend Round Knob Branch, a small stream you cross 23 times. Join view-laden Cowbell Hollow Trail, where panoramas open from a fi re-scalded slope. Drop into Jennings Creek, a small stream with surprisingly large pools. Pass a backcountry swimming hole and a couple of forgotten homesites before returning to Old Forge.

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"This circuit is long on wildfl owers in spring. Start at scenic Old Forge Campground, and then ascend Round Knob Branch, a small stream you cross 23 times. Join view-laden Cowbell Hollow Trail, where panoramas open from a fi re-scalded slope. Drop into Jennings Creek, a small stream with surprisingly large pools. Pass a backcountry swimming hole and a couple of forgotten homesites before returning to Old Forge."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Johnson City
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Greystone

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Jun 2018