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Off Trail Hike: The Catstairs

  • 02/25/2023


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

A trip up the Catstairs in Greenbrier is one of those iconic hikes that all adventurous lovers of the Smokies should take. On this outing, we’ll put a new spin on the traditional route with an approach from the north face of the Pinnacle along Catstairs Branch. The first mile or so will feature a walk along Timothy Creek and its tributary across relatively gentle terrain, but the way will eventually turn quite steep. As we quickly gain elevation, we’ll have to negotiate a treacherous but beautiful boulder field of giant moss-covered rocks randomly scattered down the mountainside. After a while, we’ll come to a towering cliff line that conceals one of the most interesting rock formations in the park. Our path to the top of the bluff will pass up the Kitty Crack, a narrow tunnel that twists and turns through the rock. From there, we’ll descend the Catstairs and make our way back to the Old Settlers Trail. This off trail hike is rated difficult.

Leaders: David Sands and Ken Wise

To register, contact the leader directly via email, text or phone. You can find contact information in the February 2023 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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