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I think this is the Kimsey (NOT Kinsey) Creek Trail that departs from the area near Standing Indian Campground. It is an absolutely fabulous trail that primarily follows the creek so that there is the wonderful sound of rushing water for most of the hike. Not much elevation change but challenges come from the several tree blowdowns that must be navigated, the many rocks and roots on the trail, and the many times the water must be crossed. The trail is marked all the way to Deep Gap, a one-way distance of 4.1 miles.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike. A lot of uphill. Made it a 2.5 day loop. Not too many views of the surrounding mountains, but you will be engulfed in the trails. Loved it.

We really enjoyed this loop. We did a fairly easy 2 miles in, a couple of 9 mile days and a couple of miles out. It is a short 2 miles to the AT. It is a beautiful hike along Long Branch Creek (going clockwise). There is a shelter within the first mile on the AT. The roughly 18 miles on the AT was wonderful. The views are of the forest and wildflowers. There are only a few places that you can see the surrounding mountains. The fire tower on Albert Mountain is spectacular. nWater was plentiful. The 4 miles down Kimsey Creek is wet, but spectacular. There was not a lot of traffic. It rained two afternoons.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great trial for anyone with smaller kids. Out 4 1/2 yr old loved the trial and much of it he was able to do on his own. There were a few spots where we had to hold his hand due to the path being alongside a high cliff. The water fall is spectacular and the water is VERY cold. We really enjoyed it

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Loved this loop! Completed it in about 3 days and it was at a leisurely pace! Beautiful views!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Solid hike. Butt and knee burner. But most of the Appalachian trail is. Beautiful after a rain

hiking
3 months ago

Most pristine stream I've been able to find without bushwhacking for a few hours. Worth the trip.

We went counter-clockwise. Kimsey trail starts climbing right away from the camp ground. But settles down and is absolutely beautiful with many sources of water.

The AT northbound was great, standing indian shelter was extremely popular but plenty of campsites near by. Finding water along trail was easy. Highly recommend betty creek trail. Nice place to camp and get off the beaten trail for a night. The ascent up albert is rough. But I'm not sure I would want to attempt it in the opposite direction. Found out later that you can cheat, by using the road. Fire tower at the top gives you an unbelievable view and made the climb worth it.

Next 7 miles to finish was pretty much down hill, to glassmine gap and then long branch trail to the camp ground. Folks at the campground were nice and really helpful. This is a trail that i would highly recommend, esp for those who don't have the time to thru-hike.

Great waterfall. Just up the road a bit is Mooney Falls...which bit of a steep hike in places but well worth it.

Great view! Make sure you stop by Outdoor 76 in Franklin, NC. They are great people. You can find most any hiking gear there. If you need any information about the area or AT they are happy to help.

I recommend starting clockwise on the Long Branch Trail to avoid the brutal northbound ascents up to the Albert fire tower and the long switchbacks leading to Standing Indian's summit. The LBT begins directly across from the Backcountry Info Center (basically, a bulletin board) at the Standing Indian Campground.

Thanks to the hard work of the Nantahala Hiking Club, both the Kimsey Creek and Long Branch connector trails are in excellent condition - well-blazed with single blue bars and no major blow-downs to maneuver.

The AT section of this loop is nestled primarily in the Southern Nantahala Wilderness - 90% of which was affected by the fires from the Fall. Fortunately, it was a beneficial burn, clearing out much of the underbrush and leaves......and revealing many food and fuel cans "lost" on the trail over the decades!

The fire tower is by far the panoramic highlight of the trek, with some scenic ridge walking in parts during late fall to early spring.

These days, any loop incorporating the AT means you'll have plenty of opportunities to bump into other folks. Even in February, on a drizzly, foggy weekend, the shelters and major camping spots were packed!

A well-marked and idiot-proof loop.