2006 Smoky Mountain Trek - Troop 485
We have been monitoring the weather and trail conditions in
Total trail distance is 57.4 miles, not counting any side trips we may make without packs.
Sunday, July 2nd
We will hike through the 1095� long abandoned road
tunnel. The fist camp is at the mouth of Forney Creek which empties into
Monday, July 3rd
Forney Creek Trail (9.6 miles)
This is an all day climb to the second campsite. There is a nice pool in the stream and a nice flat site in a stand of beech trees.
Tuesday, July 4th
Forney Creek (3miles), AT (4.5 miles)
One of the best spots in the park for wildflowers. The
spring here is across the state line and is the head waters of the Fish Camp
Prong of the
Wednesday, July 5th
AT (12.3 Miles)
This is the �marathon day� up and down the AT along the
backbone of the
Thursday, July 6th
Jenkin�s Ridge Trail (10.3 miles)
This day takes us down hill. In one spot -- 600� in less
than a half a mile. This area has extensive evidence of early logging camps,
railroads, and an abandoned copper mine. The day ends along
Friday, July 7th
This is the day that someone WILL get wet! Much of this trail is on abandoned rail lines, but there are no bridges left. There is one ford across the creek that is at normal water levels 1-2� deep. There are numerous old home sites on this trail as well. The day ends at Poplar Flats and we many share the site with overnight horseback campers.
Saturday, July 8th
Bear Creek (3 miles), Tunnel Trail (0.8 miles), Lake View Trail (2.5
And easy day back to through the tunnel and back to the
car. We may end the week tubing Deep Creek at
Described as Nature�s Best Water Ride, the Deep Creek course consists of two sections: (1) The upper �whitewater� section, which flows from Indian Creek through the narrow Deep Creek gorge. This is a wild, bouncy ride that often separates the rider from the tube, especially when the water is swift from spring rains. At the end of the rapids section, there�s a wide, deep swimming hole that provides a relaxing break before getting back on the tube. (2) The lower section, which is wider, easier going and more appropriate for smaller kids, ends at the parking lot. Put-in for this section is at the swimming hole just above the first bridge on the Deep Creek trail.