Noland Divide Trail is a 22.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bryson City, NC that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Beautiful trail!!! Easy to hike, stunning fall colours. A little horse poo and bear poo, but no sightings. Highly recommend!
The campsite was a mile of the trail and almost all downhill and up hill back up.
If I was a mountain, I'd marry this trail!
I did the first 8 miles using the Pole Road Creek and Deep Creek trails to circle me back to the campground. Truly, The Noland Divide is a pleasurable experience throughout!
I can understand why its a favorite for trail runners - very little loose rock or protruding roots. Most of it is smooth, leafy earth, with minimal erosion damage. While there is a continuous elevation gain for the first 2/3 of the trek, its a very comfortable and gradual ascent up the ridge. Nice on the feet!
But its impossible to rush through all the visual treats - particularly the Lonesome Pine Overlook; simply one of the most stunning vistas on the southern side of the park!
After about 5 miles, the trail begins a substantial descent that is only partially regained while approaching the Pole Road trail head. At that point, you can behold Clingman's Dome taunting in the distance. Maybe next time, big guy!
There you have it - a soft, well maintained path with a moderately demanding ascent and pleasant to awesome views throughout........a honey of a trail!
From the Deep Creek campground the first leg of this trail is a steep 3 mile climb to Lonesome Pine Overlook. The overlook includes most of the Bryson City, NC area. It is a three hour round trip to the overlook and back.