This pleasant saunter through civilization past and present (if that's what Gatlinburg is) makes a triangle of three trails, with a bit of easy road walking to connect them. We will start by climbing 1000 feet on the Old Sugarlands Trail from Sugarlands Visitor Center to the jump-off point for the Bull Head and Rainbow Falls trails. From there we'll wend downhill on Twin Creeks Trail into Gatlinburg, where those who wish can tarry for lunch, and then stroll (or waddle) back up the easy Gatlinburg Trail along the river and past the Park HQ complex to the VC. Through the whole hike we'll see much sign of habitation, including old walls and chimneys from the Sugarlands community, remnants of the former CCC camp, the Bud Ogle cabin, and the new Twin Creeks Science Center. About 9 miles, rated moderate. Meet at Alcoa Food City at 8:00 AM or at Sugarlands Visitor Center (in the first parking area on the right as you enter, before the VC) at 9:00. Drive 74 miles RT (@ 5¢ = $3.70).
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.
Leader: Dan Feller
Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
PO Box 51592
Knoxville, TN 37950-1592