This hike begins with leaving some cars at the Noland Divide trailhead near the Deep Creek campground and driving over to Noland Creek trailhead off Lakeshore Drive. The Noland Creek trail follows the noisy scenic creek and gradually ascends to the end at Sassafras Gap at 4200 ft elevation. Along the way are a few remnants of historical structures and several campsites. There are several possibly deep creek crossings so water shoes and hiking poles are recommended. At the gap, we follow the Nolan Divide trail with a few ups and downs but mostly downhill to Deep Creek. We pass the Lonesome Pine overlook area and enjoy the views of the area and rest up a bit before the last bit of downhill to the cars. We will drive over to pick up the other cars. A stop in Bryson City is an option on the way back. Hike 17 miles with 2900 ft elevation gain. Rated difficult. Meet at Cracker Barrel off I-40 at Exit 398 in the southeast corner parking lot at 7:00AM. Round trip driving 160 miles @ 0.10 = $16.00.
Leader: Tim Bigelow
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