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Thomas Divide, Newton Bald and Mingus Creek Trail

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Thomas Divide, Newton Bald and Mingus Creek Trail is a 11 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cherokee, North Carolina that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Length 11.0 mi Elevation gain 1,338 ft Route type Point to Point
Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Rocky No dogs
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From Thomas Divide trailhead the trail heads up to a ridgeline and gains elevation until about the Newton Bald trailhead where it begins to lose elevation. After rain there are several wet crossings with some logs and rocks. The beginning of the trail is rocky and rooty but improves further down the trail.

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Jim Satkovich
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Steven Skelton
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Kate Buhl
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Manuel Mattei
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The trail was great! We only did five miles of it though. It had elevation on the way there. The views are great you have Mountains on both sides of you. I would totally recommend this hike!!!

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Marci Brien
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This is becoming a favorite hike. Plenty of grassy ridge top hiking. Once at the Gap, it intersect to Kanati Trail. This hikes a gradual decent among a tropical forest of wildflowers. Today in late July we saw Bee Balm, Mountain Bergamot, Mountain mint, Turkscap Lilies, Spiderwort, Indian pope, and plenty of fungus in various shapes.

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Sara Ritenour
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Pleasantly surprised by this trial!! Also it is not listed on the Natl smoky mountains park map..!! It was not super difficult and great views of the mountains through the trees almost the whole way up!! 1.8 one way- you can go further at the fork if you want !! Beautiful hike !!!

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Terre Pratt
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Great trail. Highly recommended. Beautiful weather.

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Colin Wilson
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Sarah Middleton-Benson
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Paul Ingram
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Andrew Larson
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Craig Orange
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Louie Allocco
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Craig Bradley
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Fluff Berger
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Bill Evans
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Aaron Burns
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Marvin Beard
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Liz Guieu
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Tim Ellis
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Bill Evans
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Bill Guiffre
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Lynore Risher
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Amanda Pflanz
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Jessica Young
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