Spence Field via Cades Cove

Townsend, Tennessee

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Anthony Creek cascading over mossy boulders, cove forests carpeted in spring wildflowers, two Appalachian Trail shelters, big trees, great autumn foliage, and scenic Spence Field all conspire to make this a terrific hike during any time of year. It’s a popular one too, with Spence Field being a favorite destination of backcountry hikers. Count on meeting lots of other hikers during the summer and on weekends any time of year.
Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Kevin Adams (Falcon Guides)

Anthony Creek cascading over mossy boulders, cove forests carpeted in spring wildflowers, two Appalachian Trail shelters, big trees, great autumn foliage, and scenic
Spence Field all conspire to make this a terrific hike during any time of year.

It’s a popular one too, with Spence Field being a favorite destination of backcountry hikers. Count on meeting lots of other hikers during the summer and on weekends any time of year.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Townsend
Distance: 13.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours to Overnight
Season: Best seasons: Spring for the wildflowers, Oct for autumn foliage
Features: Wildflowers
Local Maps: Cades Cove and Thunderhead Mountain USGS quads; Trails Illustrated #229 Great Smoky Mountains; Trails Illustrated #316 Cades Cove Elkmon
Driving Directions: Directions to Spence Field via Cades Cove

Recent Trail Reviews

6/15/2009
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This was my sons favorite trips. Our trip got cut short due to bears so we only went to spence field and back spending 1 night half way to the shelter then a night at the shelter itself. The trail has plenty of shade, water, and Rocks. Plenty of ankle support is needed here. From the Anthony Creek trailhead it is uphill all the way to Spence field. There were not any big overlooks that the boys were looking forward to, but with most of the hike running next to the creek they had plenty to explore on the breaks. Since our trip was cut short we did take a side trip to Rocky Top which is well worth the trip with a fantastic almost 360 degree view from the top. This was also the busiest trail we've done, but it's nice to talk to hikers from all over and with different experience levels.



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