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    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Krystal Smith reviewed Ramsey Cascades Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    This trail feels like more like 9-10 miles than it does 8. But it's worth every strenuous step. If you don't have long to spend in the Smokies, I'd recommend you make this one of your trips. The trail is pretty easy for the first 1.5 miles. Open woodlands. Large boulders scattered about (lots of them look like bear caves!). Runs along a soothing river. I saw a mama bear and her cubs on this section. At 1.5 miles the trail leads into very dense forest, like you're walking through a tunnel. The ascent from here is rocky and rough, but push through and a reward awaits you. Went after a week of rain and the falls were spectacular!

    Krystal Smith completed Ramsay Cascades Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith reviewed Lead Cove and Finley Cane

    about 3 years ago

    Went from Finley Cane, to Bote Mountain, back down Lead Cove. Beautiful ridge line walk. Some steep incline.

    Krystal Smith completed Lead Cove and Finley Cane Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith reviewed Lead Cove Trail

    about 3 years ago

    If you hike up from Laurel Creek Road, you're in for quite the climb. You can connect and go down by using Finley Cove to Bote Mountain.

    Krystal Smith completed Lead Cove Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith reviewed Bote Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Nice workout on a beautiful ridge line. Saw one other hiker. Flowers and mushrooms are abundant. You can connect with the AT and a few other trails.

    Krystal Smith completed Bote Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith reviewed Finley Cane Loop

    about 3 years ago

    Nice long hike with some climb. Only ran into two other hikers. Wildflowers & mushrooms are abundant.

    Krystal Smith completed Finley Cane Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Chimney Tops Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith reviewed Laurel Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Paved trail with some incline, easy enough. The falls are beautiful, but this must be one of the most popular trails in the Smokies as I've never seen under 50 people on it. There's a more natural, less traveled trail beyond the falls. Views galore.

    Krystal Smith reviewed Rainbow Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Rainbow falls is a beautiful waterfall, but maybe not worth all the people you will be sharing this trail with. Even in the wee hours of the morning. Popular spot. Many birds and wildflowers. All uphill, with minimal views besides the fall. Very rocky trail, watch your step, especially after the leaves have fallen. Connector to Mt. Leconte.

    Krystal Smith completed Rainbow Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith completed Laurel Falls and Cove Mountain

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith reviewed Walnut Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith reviewed Chimney Tops Trail

    about 3 years ago

    If you only have a short time to spend in the park, you should make this one of the trails you hike. The beginning crosses beautiful streams, with superb swimming holes. Shortly after that, the battle begins. Hill after hill after hill. About 800 feet of it is extremely steep. The view for enduring the elevation climb is quite the reward. Especially if you get there at sunrise! Be warned though, I've seen many people take on the hills and then be too afraid to climb the summit. It's dangerous, yes, but not impossible. Be careful, as I burned my hands climbing back down. The trail info says that dogs are allowed on a leash, DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THIS TRAIL. Dogs are only allowed on two trails (if you can call them that, they run next to the road at the entrance to the park) in the whole park.

    Krystal Smith completed Chimney Tops Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith updated Walnut Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith reviewed Max Patch Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Beautiful day for a beautiful trail! Max Patch was once used as farmland, then an airstrip, and is now maintained as a bald. It's a meadow atop of a mountain with 360 degree views. So many wildflowers, even in August. Lots of hills but nothing too tricky. Not nearly as crowded as I would have expected. Maybe the steep, bumpy, gravel road scares everyone off. My pups loved the trail. You are in a prairie much of the hike, so bring the bug spray!

    Krystal Smith reviewed Cable Trail

    about 3 years ago

    'Only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen' may be a bit of an exaggeration. No, the trail is not for everyone, but if you are in decent health and wearing adequate footwear it's not an issue. My two 20 pound dogs did it no problem, may be a little scary trying to bring children. Though, I did see some swimming in the swimming hole at the bottom. It looks scarier than it is. The first part of the trail runs through the woods, near the road. Once you come to the cable, there's a very steep drop, and you will have to navigate down the rocky wall. Not so much an issue with the cable to hold onto. If you make it down, the view at the end is extraordinary. Two different falls, one from the river, one from the creek, into a beautiful pool of water. Oddly, the water temperature fluctuates from warm to freezing. Since the trail is intimidating, it's not a very crowded swimming spot. The hike up is easier than the hike down. Very rewarding!

    Krystal Smith completed Cable Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith reviewed Meigs Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith completed Meigs Mountain Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith followed Rod McCarter

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith followed Brandon Galyon

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith followed Don Miller

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith followed John McEntee

    about 3 years ago

    Krystal Smith followed William Woods

    about 3 years ago

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    about 3 years ago

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    about 3 years ago

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    about 3 years ago