Schoolhouse Gap Trail, Turkeypen Ridge Trail, and Finley Cane Trail Loop

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Schoolhouse Gap Trail, Turkeypen Ridge Trail, and Finley Cane Trail Loop is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length9.4 miElevation gain1,164 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingForestViewswild-flowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Regenia Shepherd
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Susan Anderson
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Great trail but lots of downed trees this time. 

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Chelsea Hendricks
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Jacqueline Means
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The trail was great however I was not able to finish it on account of there being so many bears on it. I would not recommend doing this hike alone.

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David Garrett
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Steve Seward
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Sometimes a hike with nothing but the woods is all you need. This was a great woodland hike, not to strenuous and great conditions. A nice relaxing day in the woods.

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Thomas Archakis
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Don Miller
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Justine Carbone
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Sharon Cullen
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Great easy-to-moderate trail. It’s very wide (it’s a horse trail too) and gravelly. We hiked Schoolhouse to Chestnut and hiked about a mile into Chestnut. Chestnut was quite a bit different from Schoolhouse as it was less traveled, a bit overgrown, and much narrower. We would have gone farther on Chestnut but it was getting late so we headed back. About 6 miles into our hike (about a mile from the trailhead) we came face-to-face with quite a large bear. We did what we had learned and backed away slowly, never taking our eyes off the bear. He walked toward us as we were backing away for quite a bit of distance. Eventually he wandered into the woods. The encounter certainly got our hearts pumping and my legs weren’t quite as tired as they had been as we finished off our hike. Overall, this was not the most strenuous hike, although the first 2 miles is uphill before leveling out. At the end of Schoolhouse is a cute cabin. We sat at the picnic table and ate our lunch

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Chris Hubert
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Unfortunately no wildlife but still a nice stroll in the woods.

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Allen Hendry
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While this trail is not especially scenic, especially in summertime because of all the leaves, etc., it is a very nicely laid out trail with mostly gradual slopes through woods and laurel. Wildflowers are abundant in spring and early summer, as well. All-in-all, I liked the hike, and will return in winter when I am sure the views from the ridge tops will be really nice.

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Tammy Murphy
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This is a great trail for a day hike. Lots of wild flowers in the spring. Horses are allowed on this trail so you have to watch step. There were several places where trees are down so you had to climb or step over them. We will do this hike again!

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Jason Bautsch
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Moderate trail very wide and easy to stay on.

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Thomas Beeler
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TruthTrekker Peoples
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Hubbs Family
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Joshua Hoekstra
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Suzy Schulte
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Ken Schulte III
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Dennis Anderson
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Shannon mixon
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Tina Whitman
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Stacy Self
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Marci Brien
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Nikki Staley
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Rachel Black
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Darlene Parton
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