Noland Divide Trail

MODERATE 18 reviews
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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.

11.4 miles
4776 feet
Point to Point

kid friendly





horseback riding

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


old growth




no dogs

2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

4 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.

8 months 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.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

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

Monday, August 29, 2016

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

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!

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.

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