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backpacking
3 days ago

Views are amazing from Andrew's Bald. The only sounds were singing birds and at night, it was silent. The clouds painted the sky rainbow colors and the mountains were a sparkling blue. The foliage is also breath taking.

Awesome trail with many river crossings

i hiked this yesterday and despite the rain it was one of my favorite hikes yet. absolutely beautiful. there was never a dull moment and the atmosphere changes so much when you finally get to the bald, it gives you chills! it was very foggy so i can imagine when it's clear you can see a lot more, but even with the fog it had a wonderful vibe about it. the hike there is mainly downhill, so except to hike up hill on the way back!

We stayed in the Kefart shelter for the night and another night in Icewater with 3 teenagers. It was amazing experience.

We hiked on Saturday June 17, 2017. We really enjoyed the Flame Azaleas. Beautiful trail. We will be back.

Not really a hike but well worth the climb up the steps to the falls. If you are daring enough, climb up the left side of the falls to get a great close up :)

hiking
11 days ago

So this is truly a beautiful hike. It includes all of the elements you seek in a GSM hike, ruins from pioneers of long ago, old growth forests with ancient trees, babbling rivers/creeks, and a plethora of wildflowers, however you should be fully aware of what you're getting into. One, the entire GSMNP is NO DOGS ALLOWED, you've been notified. Two, even though this trail is rated as moderate, be assured it is strenuous in sections, no matter which direction you choose to complete the loop, plan on about 1200ft + elevation gains. The trails are not well marked nor are they well maintained. If going clockwise on the trail, make sure you measure out your distance as you hike from the trailhead, Boogerman Trail starts on the left at exactly 0.8 miles, and is not marked. On the loop you will encounter 3 stream crossings that will require you to remove your hiking boots and get in, the water is not deep but the rocks are slippery and the current moderately strong. And last but not least the entire loop, including the 0.8 in and out, is more like 9 miles. We did this hike with two kids and by the time we stopped and smelled the flowers and shoed and unshoed three times, it took about 4 hours. I definitely recommend you map out the route before you go bc, again, it is not well marked. Happy trails!

Relatively easy trail with great highland meadow views at the end.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail! It's like being transported to middle earth for most of the trail. Great for birdwatching along the way. when you get to the Bald it opens up to stunning views of the mountains. Timing is everyrhing. I went on June 11, 2017. rhododendrons and wild azaleas were in bloom. The rhododendrons were in full bloom. Several native azaleas were in full bloom, but most were a few days from full bloom. if you are in the area in the next week go. it's a steep rocky hike but we'll maintained and mostly shady. I will go back again

This is a nice drive with great views traffic can be bad some times.

mountain biking
18 days ago

This is a great bike trail system it has Green-Beginner,Blue-Intermediate,Red-Difficult. All the trails have ups and downs with hard packed not a lot of roots and few rocks except for the rock gardens and there are 3 on the red trail which is one way only. the other trails are two way traffic there is no easy trail up but worth the climb. this is a new trail just opened. Has fast down hill with jumps and berms 3 log rides all and all it is a awesome trail.