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Hiking Club

Off Trail Hike: Drinkwater Pool

  • 07/16/2022


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

There are very few summertime excursions in the Smokies that are more delightful than a hike to Drinkwater Pool. After a pleasant four-mile preamble along the Ramsey Cascades Trail, the off-trail exercise begins with a stiff climb up and over Ramsey Cascades. The hike then remains largely in the stream except to circumnavigate overhanging rhododendron and the more difficult falls and cascades. A mile above Ramsey Cascades the climb terminates at uncommonly attractive pool which Harvey Broome once famously named Drinkwater. From Drinkwater Pool the intent will be to cross over the adjacent ridge to Buck Fork and follow that stream down to the Ramsey Cascade Trail.

Leaders: Cindy McJunkin and Ken Wise

To register, contact Cindy McJunkin directly via email. You can find her contact information in the July 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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