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Twentymile Loop Trail is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bryson City, North Carolina that features a lake 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.

Length 7.7 mi Elevation gain 500 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

Washed out

No dogs

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Getting There

The park has installed foot logs at the six crossings of Moore Springs Branch and at the Twentymile Creek crossing. As with most foot logs in the park, these foot logs could still wash away in flood conditions, and without them, you'll have to wade.

North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

Directions from Fontana Lake, NC: Take SR 28 west to the Twentymile Ranger Station. Begin on Twenty Mile Creek Trail from behind ranger station. When this trail forks, you may travel either direction to access Twentymile Loop Trail.

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Jeff Powrie
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Hiking

This was a decent hike but it was a little hot and buggy in July.

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William Gibbons
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Hiking

This a great hike, I look forward to doing it again next year!

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Switchback Adventures
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Hiking

Rated as moderate, I would say yes with a light pack, but I would say hard with a heavy pack as half the loop is uphill. Nevertheless, a great hike with two backcountry campsites (93, 95) nearby if you plan to stay overnight. As stated by other reviewers , there's many footbridges to cross (watch your step! Some are very slick) but few areas you have to cross directly through the water (and none deep). I would highly recommend this trail to anybody wanting a challenging hike with backcountry camping access. Also, the Twentymile Ranger Station is only three miles max from campsite 95; 1.5 miles from campsite 93 in case of any emergency. Parking available at the Ranger Station.

Nancy Bradshaw
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Hiking

Nice trail. When the trees lose their leaves, there will be some great views. We didn’t have any problems on the trail. I am not fond of foot bridges and there are about 8 of them. We plan to hike again in the fall or early next year before the trees leaf out

Libby Liberacki
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Nice, moderately easy 4ish hr day hike loop. However a lot of down trees, one area in particular, around half way, is a large thicket that’s pretty difficult to get over. We also saw a bear cub which was great, but be mindful of where the mom bear may be. Nice cascades and areas to splash around and cool off though for a hot summer day hike and shaded throughout

Edward Duggan
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Hiking

Great hike! Much of the hike followed the streams and crossed back and forth over log bridges. Only one blowdown that needs to be cleared. Enjoyed this hike!

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Dana Koogler
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Hiking

Love this trail and love this website. However... dogs are NOT welcome on this trail even on a leash. The ONLY two trails in the park that allow dogs are Oconaluftee River trail on the NC side and Gatlinburg Trail on the TN side. Don't know where that info came from. It is absolutely false.

Emilia Smal
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you walk along a river for a big portion of the hike. u have to cross it about 10 times. one crossing is down. had to take the shoes off and cross the river.

Robert Wright
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Basically half of it was like walking down or up a gravel road. A lot of climb in elevation without a view from the top.

Randy Pass
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Hiked this one back in Feb. during a HIKE CATION to Fontana Resort Village. enjoyed this trail a lot. So tranquil & serene. Had the trail all to myself during the hike.

Johnathan Shelton
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Hiking

good trail marked just off 28. parked at ranger station and hiked a while. Several trails branch off of this one. one was blocked by a recent tree fall so went up another trail.

Nathanael Wingate
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Hiking
First to Review

To the people saying they can't find this trail it is at the end of the Dragon near the Ranger Station. You can also access gregory bald and the AT from here. I came across what I believe is this trail by seeingg the Twenty Mile Ranger Station and pulling in. We the saw parking and started walking down the road and that is where we saw the signs. The ridge trail is a decent climb near a awesome little creek. Apparently people bring horses because we saw a lot droppings.

Switchback Adventures
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Earl Whittemore
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Don E.
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Eric Penniman
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William Campbell
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Jason Deem
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Jeff P.
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Hattie Noe
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Richard Noe
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David Payne
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Brenda Harden
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Jeff Tarrant
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Charles Lehman
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David B.
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Martin Blanco
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Martin Blanco
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Jim Myers
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