Spence Field–Russell Field Loop

Townsend, Tennessee

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This strenuous all-day hike amply rewards those who want to see the Smokies from bottom to top. Starting in Cades Cove, climb along a deeply forested crashing mountain stream to ultimately intersect the main crest of the Smokies and the famed Appalachian Trail. Once on the A.T., you’ll find outstanding views lie before you at Spence Field and Little Bald. Return to Cades Cove via Russell Field Trail with its section of old-growth trees.
Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Day & Overnight Hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This strenuous all-day hike amply rewards those who want to see the Smokies from bottom to top.

Starting in Cades Cove, climb along a deeply forested crashing mountain stream to ultimately intersect the main crest of the Smokies and the famed Appalachian Trail. Once on the A.T., you’ll find outstanding views lie before you at Spence Field and Little Bald. Return to Cades Cove via Russell Field Trail with its section of old-growth trees.

© 2008 Johnny Molloy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Townsend
Distance: 13
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 6.75 hours
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Spence Field–Russell Field Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

2/10/2008
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Parts of the trail were rocky and moderately steep but not at all difficult. For the most part this was an easy trail. Lots of wildlife, no surprise being inside of Cades Cove. Nice view of the cove from the higher elevation. Seen three large, 8 pt bucks along the trail. The John Oliver cabin was nice to visit as there were no other people there when we arrived.



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May 2018