Hike Mt. Sterling in Great Smoky Mtns. NP

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Distance

12.2 miles

Elevation Gain

4200 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Samuel Martin

High elevation forestA 60ft retired fire tower with 360 degree views of the Smoky Mountains6.2 mile hike that traverses many beautiful forests (12.2 roundtrip)Elevation gain of 4200'The stillness that only the Smoky Mountains possess

The Baxter Creek Trail climbs 4000 feet over 6.2 miles to reach the peak of Mount Sterling nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This trail takes you over mountain rivers and through low and high altitude forests, the latter covered in dense moss.

At the top of the mountain, you will find a retired 60ft fire tower, which remains open to the public and boast 360 degree views of the Smoky Mountains surrounding you. Below you lies many options for campsites and if you're lucky, a touch of fog will whisper you asleep. Be sure to be up in the tower for sunrise though, because you're not going to want to miss that view.

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