Great hike!! We hiked to lonesome pine overlook and back. Definitely a steady and tough incline the entire 3.3 miles up to the overlook. This was my first hike in the mountains, however my girlfriend with more hiking experience thought it was equally as challenging. Two small waterfalls along the way. The last 0.75 mile of the ascent to the overlook had several small openings in the trees with great views. An awesome preview for the beautiful views of the valley from the top of the overlook. We did see a black bear on the trail during our descent about 30 yards ahead of us. He was as curious as I was but after discovering my girlfriend had to retire her britches, I made noise and he went on his way. If you’re in the deep creek area looking for a tougher hike, this trail is perfect. It took us about 3.5-4 hours with all pictures and black bear interaction included.

With most of the National Park closed due to icy conditions, this was one of the few accessible areas. Somehow, we messed this up and ended up just doing a loop of the bypass trail. By the time we realized the mistake we don’t have time to complete the whole loop. Will have to come back one day and do this correctly.

strong hike up to lonesome pine, after that fairly easy. I ended up looping back down pole rd creek to deep creek and camping at 60 due to a hip injury.

not much too see after lonesome pine until you reach deep creek. beautiful and wide river hike all the way back down.

Pretty consistent incline for the first 3 miles or so but the views from the Lonesome Pine Overlook at the top is definitely worth it! My husband and I turned around once we reached the top but definitely worth the climb. Absolutely beautiful

hiking
8 months ago

It's a steady climb the whole way up to Lonesome Pine Lookout. Not much to see until after about 2.5 miles up. I turned around at the Lookout and came back down. Great views, quiet and little to no traffic.

this trail was great to hike. once you go thru the tunnel & travel straight ahead you will see a couple of trailheads. We took the one at a hard left, Goldmine trail. It was very nice & wide with a gradual descent some parts ascending.just beautiful woodlands the lake is gorgeous should have brought my swimsuit!!. the ascent at the end is a butt kicker because it is long but gratifying when you get to the top. It made for a great day of being out in. nature.

on Goldmine Loop Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Pleasant walk. Nice spot to swim when you get down to the river.
So many cars parked at the trailhead, but not quite that many people along the trail (would still call it "heavily trafficked " though...)
The up side of the horse manure on the trails was that we got to witness dung beetles creating their little balls of it and pushing them off to their nests !

Hiked this trail back in Feb.on a HIKECATION to Fontana Village Resort. Loved the long tunnel on the Road to Nowhere( Now I can tell people I HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TO NOWHERE. LOL LOL) Had cell phone reception on parts of this trail that wouldn't have thought I would have gotten in. This is a really great trail, enjoyed the hike lots.

backpacking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

The trail was a little washed out and beat up from the horses and I had to dodge a little horse poop along the way, but overall a great hike! I hiked solo and never saw another person on the trail. It was nice and quiet and not too bad footing.

Monday, May 29, 2017

We did the 4.1 mile loop from the parking area near the tunnel. Once we got past the tunnel, the trail was relatively quiet. Lots of mountain laurel, much of it already gone by on May 28. Would be a gorgeous hike in the fall, I think.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

The tunnel is dark

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nice stroll through the woods with some old homesteads to explore if you keep your eye out for them.

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

This is a nice narrow loop trail. It leads down hill to the lake for about 2.5 miles from the parking lot. After that it goes along the little creek for a bit and then up the hill pretty steep. All in all 4.7 miles from and to the parking lot.

To the point some of the other hikers made, we found the trail to be well marked and easy to follow. Also the trail head is easy to find. Just follow the directions.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Nice, quick hike if you're in the Bryson City area

hiking
Monday, March 13, 2017

Went through the tunnel and connected to the lake shore trail all the way down to the lake. Really pretty and quiet. There are a few creek crossings with narrow bridges.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Definitely a cool place to check out. Very easy to find it's the main road through Bryson City and it passes the high school and eventually ends about 200 yards before the tunnel. Checked the trails back on the other side of the tunnel but wasn't sure where to go due to the signs being labeled incorrectly.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Beautiful trail!!! Easy to hike, stunning fall colours. A little horse poo and bear poo, but no sightings. Highly recommend!

walking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Nice easy beautiful hike. I did just about 3 miles of it so I don't know how the whole thing was. The map point is definitely wrong. Follow Johnathan's directions to get there. You can't miss it - the road dead ends at the tunnel.

Secret spot not on this trail: When driving back towards town, as you are winding through the one road that the Road to Nowhere is, keep an eye out for an unmarked side trail along the side of the road. I found this by accident, pulled over and walked it, and it took me to an old cemetery from the 1800s with about a dozen grave sites. The trail continues to another smaller cemetery which seems to have had grave sites for children. That was as far as I got.

camping
Monday, August 29, 2016

The campsite was a mile of the trail and almost all downhill and up hill back up.

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I took my 7 month old with me in a back pack. Trail is nicely shaded and quite easy ... It took us close to 2 hours to complete, but we stopped for about 25 minutes . Good morning hike. Love loops.

hiking
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Great trail. Ms. Awesome did really well.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

good trail on the road to nowhere.

hiking
Sunday, December 13, 2015

It's a little more then 4 miles. I stated my hike on the "Road to no where" went threw the tunnel took the second left at the Goldmine loop trail first part of the trip was down hill and easy. Bring its December all the leafs are down and the trail might be a little hard to follow at first but once you reach the bottom section of this trail you will be following the old road bed and you'll see and old home site. When you reach a fork in the road you will find the sign for camp site 67 leaning up on a few trees. I wasn't sure which way to go do I looked on my map. So you know stay to the right. You will reach the lake bed and see the old road quickly disappears into the lake it self. This marks the end of the easy hike and starts your up hill work out!! This isn't a easy trail I stopped several times to catch my breath, but with some perseverance you will reach the ridge line and it becomes easier again. After what seemed to be a half hour or so you will reach the intersection of the tunnel bypass trail I took the .5 mile trip down hill back to the parking lot where I starred. Over all it was a good trip.

hiking
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

It was a good hike but could have been marked better. Signs need to be replace and a few more added.

mountain biking
Friday, June 05, 2015

It was a good learning trail

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Worth the time to hike an easy trail and to get a taste of the area. Loved the tunnel and the history of what should have been. Our famous government at work!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

If I was a mountain, I'd marry this trail!

I did the first 8 miles and used the Pole Road Creek and Deep Creek trails to loop 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!

mountain biking
Saturday, December 20, 2014

If you want to get some miles on your mnt bike this is the loop for it. Great views and lots of different types of terrain. This trail has a bit of everything, climbs and downhill runs. It's a few hours outside of Asheville but is worth it.

mountain biking
Saturday, March 15, 2014

Great trail to really move on. The climbs are not so steep, and the downhills are long. Plenty of roots and rocks, but enjoy the open woods and the tight coves.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Really Nice hike kinda muddy had been rainy out the last few days. So make sure you go when its dry out.

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