Big Firescald Loop

Knoxville, Tennessee 37901

Big Firescald Loop

Big Firescald Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This loop is set in the Shelton Laurel Backcountry of the Pisgah National Forest. Jerry Miller Trail takes you to a 100-foot waterslide before opening onto Whiteoak Flats, a closing meadow. Ascend to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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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."
Five-Star Trails-Asheville-2nd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jennifer Pharr Davis
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"This loop takes place in the Shelton Laurel Backcountry of the Pisgah National Forest. The Jerry Miller Trail takes you to a 100-foot waterslide before opening onto Whiteoak Flats, a closing meadow. Ascend to the Appalachian Trail (AT). Walk the stony knife-edge delineating North Carolina and Tennessee. Incredible 360-degree views unveil 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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Trail Information

Knoxville
Nearby City
10.2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6.5-7.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
2,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,530 feet
Top Elevation
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District: 828-689-9694, www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #782 French Broad and Nolichucky Rivers; Appalachian Trail Conservancy TN–NC Maps 3 and 4; USGS Greystone
Local Maps

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