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Smoky Mountains

Hiking Club

Bird Mountain/Ross Gap Loop

  • 01/27/2024
  • 8:45 AM
  • Frozen Head Visitor Center, 964 Flat Fork Rd, Wartburg, TN 37887


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

This event is canceled due to weather.

We’ll leave our cars at the visitor center and loosen up for the climb ahead on the Storybook trail. We’ll march into Big Cove Campground, onto the Tower Trail and very soon turn off onto the Bird Mountain Trail. Then we’ll go up (about 1300’ over 1.8 miles) to the Cumberland Trail where we’ll take a short detour to the east to admire Castle Rock. We’ll turn back and go west on the Cumberland trail until the Ross Gap Trail, where we’ll have big fun going perilously downhill on a rutted and rocky old “road.” After making us suffer for a mile or so the Ross Gap Trail turns and becomes a nicely built trail that will spit us out into the Rocky Fork Field. About half a mile of road walking takes us back to the Visitor Center. This hike is about 7.5 miles long, rated moderate for length but challenging for elevation gain and rough trail. The leader may change the hike depending on weather conditions. Meet at Books A Million in Oak Ridge ready to leave at 8:00 a.m. or at the Frozen Head Visitor Center at 8:45. Drive 50 miles RT @ $0.07 per mile = $3.50 (cash only).

Leaders: Claudia Dean

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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