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Wednesday Hike: Bird Mountain / Lookout Tower / South Old Mac Loop at Frozen Head State Park

  • 01/12/2022
  • 8:15 AM
  • Old Mac Trailhead (just past the Visitor Center), Frozen Head State Park
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  • For member hike registrations
  • For non-member hike registrations

Registration is closed

After a short walk north (~0.2 mile) past the campground to the trailhead, we ascend Bird Mountain Trail through more than a dozen switch-backs (~1,300 ft. climb) to Castle Rock, then head east along the ridge, past Bird Mtn. Campground toward Bald Knob and the junction with Lookout Tower Trail. We go east, then south (3.9 miles) to the Tub Spring campsite for lunch – near the 0.4 mile spur trail to the tower. After stopping at the tower we head west on South Old Mac Trail, following Judge Branch back to Old Mac Trailhead parking. Total, 11.9 miles. Rated Moderate to Difficult. [For the short option, at the junction of Bird Mountain Trail with Lookout Tower Trail, go southwest to the trailhead. Total 7 miles.]

Meet at Books A Million in Oak Ridge at 7:30 am, or at the Old Mac Trailhead (just past the Visitor Center) at 8:15 am. Drive 48 miles RT {@5¢ = $2.40}.

Pre-registration is required. Masks are now required for all those participating in carpools, shuttles or key swaps, regardless of vaccination status. You may also choose to drive your own vehicle to the trailhead.

Pre-register with Ron Brandenburg

Leaders: Eric Sundstrom

Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

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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