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Hiking Club

Off Trail Hike: Frowning Rock Prong

  • 06/11/2022


  • For member hike registrations
  • For non-member hike registrations

This excursion will take us deep into the Smoky Mountain wilderness to explore one of the most remote creeks in the park. We'll warm up with a quick stroll from Smokemont up Bradley Fork Trail to Campsite 49, where our real adventure will begin. We'll take to the creek and rock-hop or wade about two and a half miles up the unusually flat and serene Bradley Fork to its confluence with Frowning Rock Prong. Here, we'll begin an intimate relationship with one of the most enchanting streams to be found in the Smokies. For nearly a mile and a half, we'll slither our way past beautiful tumbling cascades and deep cold pools. Beyond this wonderland, we'll come to the legendary Frowning Rock Scar, where our adventure will conclude with a thrilling rock scramble up to the AT. We'll take the trail, probably wearing headlamps, out to awaiting vehicles at Newfound Gap. This is a massive day hike, involving all the obstacles the Smokies throw at hikers who abandon the trails.

Leader: David Sands

To register, contact David Sands directly via email. You can find his contact information in the June 2022 newsletter writeup for this hike.

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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