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Pine Mountain Loop Professional Review and Guide
"The two Abrams Creek ford crossings account for this hike’s difficulty rating. The first ford might be avoided, especially during the summer months when the footlog is restored after winter rains. The second ford is the toughest in the park. But don’t let the fords discourage you from taking this scenic loop hike. It is a good opportunity to explore the pine- and oak-forested western end of the park in a less-peopled setting. Leave Abrams Creek Ranger Station to cross Abrams Creek for the first time. Then wind up Pine Mountain on a jeep road, descending into Scott Gap. Next, work your way down a south slope to cross the creek again. Follow Abrams Creek on the narrow, twisting Little Bottoms Trail to return to the ranger station via Cooper Road."
--Johnny Molloy, Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Menasha Ridge Press).
This was one of the nicest most peaceful hikes I've taken. You cross the river on narrow yet sturdy(newly redone) log bridges a few times. The river is always right next to you adding to the scenery. Only came across 2 other hikers during the hike. The last leg before the shelter is the only moderate incline. Highly recommended!
A great trail for children because there's plenty to look at and the trail is easy. The adults liked it too. Very interesting.
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