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Hiking Club

New Member Hike: Big Creek to Walnut Bottoms

  • 07/29/2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • Big Creek and Baxter Creek Trailhead Parking, Big Creek, GSMNP


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  • For non-member hike registrations

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This hike is for anyone interested but will be at a slower pace for those just getting into hiking in the Smokies. Join us for this 10.2-mile round-trip hike up Big Creek to Backcountry Campsite #37 (Walnut Bottoms) and back. The popular Big Creek Trail passes Mouse Creek Falls and the Midnight Hole on its way to Walnut Bottoms. The trail follows a gradual incline up an old lumber company railroad bed to one of the most popular backpacking sites in the park (BCS 37). Rated moderate/difficult. We will meet at the Baxter Creek/Big Creek Trailhead parking lot at 9:00 am Saturday morning to begin the hike.

To get to the trailhead, drive on Interstate 40 toward Asheville, NC and turn off at the Waterville Exit. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp to cross the bridge then left to follow the road, past the power plant. Continue straight, driving into the park on the gravel road. Continue past the Ranger Station and park at the end of the gravel road in the Baxter Creek parking lot. Email the hike leader for more specific directions.

Leader: Steve Dunkin

Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

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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