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Hiking Club

Off-Trail Hike: Steeltrap Falls

  • 07/24/2021
  • Clingmans Dome, GSMNP


  • For member hike registrations

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The Steeltrap Falls hike was on last year's schedule but was cancelled in recognition of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Steeltrap Falls may well be one of the best kept secrets in the Great Smoky Mountains. To reach the falls, we will hike down the Forney Creek Trail to the famous Forney Creek Cascade where we will take a short break for those daring to ride down the waterslide. After venturing off-trail to Steeltrap Creek, we will wade in knee to waist-deep water up the steep south face of Mount Buckley, stopping to eat lunch at the obscure Steeltrap Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the park. Then continuing to the state-line divide, we will return along the AT. This hike is rated difficult with rough terrain, deep water, and steep cliffs. Distance is 8 miles roundtrip. Preregistration with leaders is required.

Leaders: Tim Hernandez and Kevin Buchanan

For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

PO Box 51592

Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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