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Bryson City, North Carolina

Hike to Lonesome Pine Overlook

7 Miles Total - 2300 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Johnathan Duncan

Lonesome Pine is an intermediate hike that starts in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains. The overlook offers amazing views of the surrounding Smoky Mountains and Bryson City.

To start the hike to Lonesome Pine Overlook begin from the Noland Divide Trailhead in Deep Creek. The trail is a steady climb with an average gain of 700 ft. every mile. Approaching the top you'll walk along a rocky ridge line where you are able to see the overlook. As you continue, be sure to look closely for the spur trail out to the overlook because the sign has fallen over.

From the overlook you'll be able to see Bryson City and the surrounding mountains. Lonesome Pine is one of my favorite hikes in the Bryson City area and is one of the best choices for a day hike. For most, the 7 mile round trip hike is enough, but if you're feeling good there's plenty more to explore in the Deep Creek area.

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Camping
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Challenging hike but worth it

About 1.5 hours up, 1 hour down. Great view.

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