Lakeshore Trail

HARD 6 reviews

Lakeshore Trail is a 34 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Fontana Dam, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

34.0 miles
6322 feet
Point to Point

kid friendly






nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



old growth

no dogs

Must have permit and must NOT camp outside of campsites. A fine will follow if you do. Many sites: old home place, old vechicles, trail follows Eagle Creek to NW and spectacular views to see. Horse trails lead to campground with many tent sites and cables to hang packs. Fishing is good for lake trout and smallmouth bass. Good trip for 2-3 days in smokies but many rules to follow.

7 months ago

8 months ago

It was a long time ago, but I loved it. Except for the red tape. This is a strenuous hike so do not even think about it if you are not up to it.

8 months ago

It has been five years but I remember the beauty and I think my legs still ache. This was one rough trail for the heavy pack I carried back then. The cabin and restaurant at Fontana dam was a joy.

Monday, September 21, 2015

We did an overnight backpacking trip here, starting with a boat ride from Fontana dam($25) to Hazel creek. From Hazel creek we hiked about 6 miles via lakeshore trail to campsite #90(backcountry permit required and can be acquired through GSMNP). The campsite was awesome, a creek on one side and the river on the other! From campsite #90 we hiked to Fontana dam via lakeshore trail which was about 7 miles. Overall a good trip but the trail is hilly so be prepared, especially day #2.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Distance: 4.7, 6.8, 6.2 miles each day
Trails: Lakeshore Trail, Eagle Creek, Lost Cove Trail, Appalachian Trail

Fantastic easy hike with swimming & history & graveyards!

Saturday, October 04, 2014

An awesome trail. We completed this trail unexpectedly when we couldn't get cell service to contact the marina for a ride back from a back country fly-fishing trip. We were actually loaded down with WAY too much gear for a 15 mile trail but managed it. Be ready for serious switch backs at the beginning of the trail. Beautiful scenery, a bit of history and great views of Fontana!