April 23, 2023
I particularly like those hiking experiences that are not inundated with people and views and waterfalls. My preference is for the vast green tunnel, the immersion into the depths of the forest.
Lumber Ridge and Meigs Mountain are a perfect example of such an occurrence: lush, verdant forests for one to lose oneself in. The two trails, 10.8 miles in total, also connect Tremont and Elkmont, formerly homesteading communities in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Lumber is a pretty chill trail, gaining only 1,374 ft. in 4.1 miles. There were a lot of college-aged adults out studying foliage on this day, likely from the Institute at Tremont, a 501(c)(3) research/education center who that provides programs for youth and learners. The trail changes from a drier terrain with acidic soil to a lusher forest quite quickly. Once on the ridge, the trail meanders through ups-and-downs and and gorgeous switchbacks along Meigs Mountain Trail. There are two wondrous campsites along Meigs, #19 & #20. The latter being a huge campsite with room for 12.
These trails are perfect for getting away from the hubbub and crowds of the Smoky’s.
Total mileage is 10.8 miles.