Lead Cove Trail, West Prong Trail, Schoolhouse Gap Trail, Turkeypen Ridge Trail

February 13, 2023 This is the day that I fell in love with the Smoky’s. The week had been frigid, and I was quite limited in my hiking because of snow and ice. I took Lead Cove Trail, up Bote Mountain Trail until Anthony Creek, then Bote Mountain and West Prong Trail, down Bote to … More Lead Cove Trail, West Prong Trail, Schoolhouse Gap Trail, Turkeypen Ridge 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

Gunter Fork Trail

October 16, 2022 Gunter Fork Trail has alluded me for years. I’ve never tried to hike it; it’s just sort of in the middle of nowhere. The trail itself is not insurmountable, at only 4.1 miles and 2,328 ft. of ascent. The problem with Gunter is getting there and getting back. One terminus starts after … More Gunter Fork Trail

Mt. Sequoyah, Mt. Chapman

November 18-20, 2016 It’s late fall and the temperatures have felt more like mid-summer rather than the cusp of winter. It has been nearly 70 days since any measurable rainfall in Western North Carolina, wildfires are popping up over the region. Most started by deranged pyromaniacs/attention seekers, but the bone dry conditions act like vat of gasoline. … More Mt. Sequoyah, Mt. Chapman

Mount Cammerer Trail, Lower Mount Cammerer Trail

November 11, 2016 Oh, these vast, calm, measureless mountain days, days in whose light everything seems equally divine, opening a thousand windows to show us God. – John Muir I am beginning to understand the mythical allure of the Smoky’s, with its wildlife, epic views and tough, spindly paths. At the end of a tumultuous … More Mount Cammerer Trail, Lower Mount Cammerer Trail