Beard Cane Trail, Ace Gap Trail, Rich Mountain Trail, Indian Grave Gap Trail

February 26, 2023 This loop is a power punch of fun. With the rain abating and the weather cloudy, but warm, it was the perfect day to get some big mileage in the Smoky’s. I started at the Cooper Road Trail off Cade’s Cove Road. I had already hiked this trail, but I had to … More Beard Cane Trail, Ace Gap Trail, Rich Mountain Trail, Indian Grave Gap Trail

Twentymile Loop Trail

January 28, 2023 This is a delightful trail; the type of hike that you revisit in various seasons just to experience it. Stepping onto the loop, you feel as if you’re being greeted by a wise old friend. One that is kind, desirous to instruct and show you things of old.  At only 2.9 miles, … More Twentymile Loop Trail

Huskey Gap Trail

January 19, 2023 I really like this trail. Huskey Gap starts off Newfound Gap Road, not too far from Gatlinburg. As you climb the first part of the trail, look back and you will have some splendid views of Bull Head, which is just one of best-looking mountains in the region. The first two miles … More Huskey Gap Trail

Twentymile Trail

January 15, 2023 Twentymile Ranger Station is tucked away, well out of cell phone range near Fontana Dam and Lake Cheoah. The Benton Mackaye Trail did run through this area, before a reroute that now sends hikers over Yellow Creek Mountains. If it is solitude you seek, this is the place.  I started at the … More Twentymile Trail

Trillium Gap Trail

December 10, 2022 Warm winter days in the Smokies are few and far between. When one comes, you must take advantage of it. The projected high in Gatlinburg was 61 degrees, so we had a nice window to grab some higher-elevation trails. I had three trails left in the eastern portion of the park: Brushy … More Trillium Gap Trail