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Twentymile, Gregory Bald, and Shuckstack Loop is a 17.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Robbinsville, North Carolina that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Length 17.5 mi Elevation gain 4,370 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Camping

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Forest

Lake

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Views

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No dogs

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Alex Frazho
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Backpacking

Great trail with a lot to offer. If you are not familiar with gsmnp a lot of the longer trails have a lot of elevation change. Can be challenging for newer hikers. Just plan accordingly for the up hill stretches. Gregory’s bald has truly beautiful views. I would recommend staying at site 113 easy way to catch an amazing sunrise and sun set in a 1 night trip.

Jon Knotts
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Did this loop counterclockwise, camping at sites 93 and 13. Campsite 93 has one really nice spot right along the creek. Twentymile trail is a slog up a wide “road” like trail, but fortunately you’re not on it very long. I took a quick side trip down to the Shuckstack Firetower, and it was stunning. Such a unique and cool place. The AT was in great condition even with the recent trail closures, however once I turned off onto Gregory Bald Trail, I did have to deal with some heavier overgrowth. Nothing crazy, and frankly I enjoyed the wild and more isolated section of trail. Gregory Bald is truly amazing. Absolutely worth the climb getting up there, breathtaking area. I set up camp a half mile from the bald (#13) and went back up to enjoy the sunset. The sunset was beautiful, but the way the landscape is laid out I’d imagine the sunrise would be quite incredible. I did notice two separate “stealth” camping spots in the area that are extremely tempting, but be safe and protect this remarkable location. Coming down Wolf Ridge was very peaceful, a wonderful decline after a day of strenuous climbing. Overall a wonderful trip with the obvious highlights being the bald and the tower.

Greg Horstmeier
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Backpacking

2-day backpacking trip, going counterclockwise from Twenty Mile. Camped at sites 93 and 13. The shuckstack, Gregory Bald, and Wolf Ridge Trail were highlights. It was mid-March, so weather was chilly and a bit rainy, but overall great trails.

Tim Barker
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Hiking

2 day trip. Saw bear on day 1, bear with 4 cubs and 2 boar on Day 2. Stayed at camp 13 - no one else there, in fact never saw a person for the entire 2 days the first week of August!. Lots of climbing but well worth it.

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Katie Surprise
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Hiking

My husband and I started this trek around 8am and ended it at 10:30pm. (Spending 2 hours at the fire tower to eat and rest.) This trail is certainly for those wanting that "Type 2" fun. The climb is steady for the first 3 miles to the tower, then it feels like a constant lunge. Views at the tower are absolutely stunning and offer a complete 360 look at the Tennessee and North Carolina sides of the Smokies. The journey from Gregory Ridge to Gregory Bald Trail is very narrow, so be sure you're checking to make sure you're still on trail often. (With downed leaves, it's easy to miss the trail and walk the opposite way) Gregory Bald is gorgeous, and very large. I'll definitely be returning next year with everything is in bloom. The trail down from the Bald is very rocky and almost turned into a creek.. Probably felt like the longest 6 miles I've hiked. (We hiked the final stretch in the dark accompanied with rain.) All in all, it's a tough trail with nice payoffs. Would do it again, just with more water and earlier start.

Michael Gul
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Jim Froula
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Drais Von Hagen
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McCallie Biddle
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Dwain Mccray
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Philip Reese
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Philip Reese
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Philip Reese
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Jared Blumenberg
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Bryan Nelson
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Ron Eckert
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Nick O'Farrell
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R. Luke Quick
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Micajah Spoden
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Kyle Musick
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