Noland Divide Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
#2 of 5 trails in

Noland Divide Trail is a 11.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Bryson City, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4957 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

backpacking
10 days ago

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.

hiking
24 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

camping
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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!

camping
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

hiking
Monday, May 28, 2012

From the Deep Creek campground the first leg of this trail is a steep 3 mile climb to Lonesome Pine Overlook. The overlook includes most of the Bryson City, NC area. It is a three hour round trip to the overlook and back.