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Hemp Hill Road Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Maggie Valley, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 823 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

River

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Wessley Thompson
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Hiking

Quite a pleasant hike, not very strenuous but has some amazing views at the top. Good for afternoon outings suitable for the whole family!

PH charleston
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HikingMuddy
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Sarah Foss
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Hiking

You’ll be on a gravel road most of it- steady incline I don’t think dogs are *technically* permitted but I have brought them before especially during winter/off season The ferguson cabin is definitely worth a look.

KH Horne
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Hiking

Hiking on a gravel road 2 miles pretty steep all the way. But the views at the top are well worth it!!

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Cole Wright
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HikingMuddy
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Shola E
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Hiking

It's 1/4 forest and the rest is gravel road. Do this trail clockwise-- You're already going to walk 1.5 miles up gravel road just to get to the loop part. And if you go CCW, it's just more (but smoother) gravel road to the top. At the top there's a very nice 200 degree view of the surrounding mountains. The Science center is there and in front of it there's a grassy horse trail shortcut that will take you down to the base of the loop; the mountains will remain in your line of sight as you descend. Overall this trail is on the easy side of moderate.

David Aday
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Walking

just a gravel road that goes to NP learning center. But, it is an uphill walk that isn't for the out of shape. Nice views at the top.

Nathaniel Morrison
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Hiking

Enjoyed this a lot. We have done it several times. Even while carrying my 2 year old. It is a good workout.

Christina Hendriks
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Hiking

bears were growling overhead. we didn't see signs at the entrance or anything warning about that. it was a gravel road, not really a trail. views were pretty. wish we hadn't brought our kids.

Dan Galligan
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Hiking

most all of "trail" is gravel road. not much to see until you get to the top. Then a small wooded trail after the research station that leads back to the gravel road. We took our yellow Labrador and did not see anything that said no dogs until almost out of the wooded trail. Saw some rangers there and they didn't say anything about our Labrador, they just loved on her

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Jennah Rawahneh
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Hiking

I would recommend for a short two hour hike, it was absolutely amazing and wasn’t too strenuous

Cynthia Woodward
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Hiking

Well maintained wide gravel path. Gorgeous Mountain View’s from the top. Would definitely hike again!

Kimburly Bishop
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Hiking

Beautiful view from the top! This was an excellent hike through meadows, forests , many wildflowers and a cool old cabin. As a bonus there are restrooms at the tip!

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mary henwood
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Hiking

Gravel road quiet walk through woods leads to Ferguson Cabin trail, Purchase Knob trail and the research center. Will find other trails while on the Ferguson trail. When the meadows wild flowers are in bloom it is spectacular.

Richard Maccini
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Hiking

Pretty easy trail. Great meadow and views from the top.

Raemi Mullen-Felser
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Hiking

Beautiful views and a very peaceful hike on a gravel road.

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Heather Mina
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Hiking

If you live here, then this is especially A MUST! Connects to other trails & you can NOT go wrong with the views...ANY TIME OF YEAR!!

Sarah Elizabeth
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Hiking

I guess we prefer more trail like trails. This is a gravel road.

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Irene Prill
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Muddy

Trail is nice, a bit muddy on West side. I would suggest take left to Ferguson Cabin from the wood post and sign. This way you will be in the woods up to the top, then on a way back it will be grassy trail. I left car at the gate, it added about 2-3 miles to the total length. Nice gravel road , not too steep.

Leslie McCausland
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Hiking

overcast this morning with a moderate wind but still a very nice hike. visibility was great!! lots of peaks in the distance made the mountains appear as oceans of continuous waves! awesome sight!! wildflowers just starting to peak thru the underbrush. skiers still enjoying the slopes at Chatalooche

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Mitzi Johnson
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Well maintained gravel road along a creek with distance views that leads to a loop that includes a meadow, a science center (that may be closed but a great place to sit and take in views) a tunnel of rhododendrons, and a cool historic cabin and springhouse. The loop trail had some soggy sections in March that made me wish I had waterproof shoes. The long steady 1.5 mile uphill was trying for my 12-yr old, but I walked it with a 9 and 11 year old the next week and they did fine.

Edd Mabe
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Intended to do Cataloochee but road was closed. Navigation found this place. Started at 9AM 32 degrees. Considerable amount of ice but you’re above 4200’. 2 miles to the Science Center. Ate my lunch a little early, relaxed alone with the panoramic view for about an hour. Elk dung and prints in the snow, but no elk (bummer). Took the long way out by hiking up the divide about 1 mile. Would have went further but too slick and footing was bad. Came back thru the Ferguson cabin (highest cabin in Smokies). All down hill from there. Great exercise trail. Go early and enjoy the solitude. 62 when I was finished. Spectacular views!

Deron Keiter
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Hiking

Nice hike on gravel road. the views we good, even on a cloudy, snowy day.

J Y
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Foggy wet and chilly but beautiful. the road leads to science center which has secondary trail heads that lead into SMNP. Too wet and foggy for those until spring.

Tom Rubel
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wonderful panorama's at the very top. one of the few trails that I traveled that is all uphill on on the way to the top with no downs, and all downhill on the way back. great facilities at the top and the research station is amazing

Caroline Thomas
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Follow Garrett's directions. very helpful regarding parking and the gate at the start...loved the trail.

Kristin Ingwell Goode
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Walking

This trail was not great for kids. Due to the road, just getting to an interesting spot was a two-mile walk, so not ideal. Once we got to the meadow we did enjoy the cabin but as we were four kids (ages 8-11) and three adults in our group, only half of us made it that far.

Dan Bee
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Hiking

Not too hard. Beautiful view at the top.

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