Spence Field–Russell Field Loop

Townsend, Tennessee 37882

Spence Field–Russell Field Loop

Spence Field–Russell Field Loop Professional Guide

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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."

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South (Menasha Ridge Press)
Johnny Molloy
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"This strenuous all-day hike—or satisfying overnight backpack— provides ample reward to those who want to see the Smokies from bottom to top. Starting in Cades Cove, you will climb along a deeply forested crashing mountain stream."

Spence Field–Russell Field Loop Trip Reports

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2/10/2008
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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Trail Information

Townsend
Nearby City
13
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6.75 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season

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