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  • Tellico Plains, Tennessee

    Top Spots in and near Tellico Plains

    • 35.604955,-83.770373

      Hike to Rocky Top

      12.8 mi / 3500 ft gain
      Rocky Top is known to be the spot that inspired the famous fight song of the University of Tennessee, which is also an official song for the state of Tennessee.  The trailhead for this hike begins in the Cade’s Cove picnic area parking lot towards the back side. There are a few parking spots ri...
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    • Townsend, Tennessee

      Backpack to Spence Field

      13.8 mi / 3100 ft gain
      Start your hike at Anthony Creek Trailhead (elevation 1,800 ft), in the Cade’s Cove area. The trailhead is located at the far end of the day-use picnic area near Cade’s Cove campground. There are a few parking spots right at the trailhead, but note that the picnic area closes at dusk (a gate clos...
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    • Morganton, Georgia

      Camp at Morganton Point

      Morganton Point Campground is one of the most well-maintained campgrounds in North Georgia. There are sites available for both RVs and tents, but the tent section is separate from the RV area so don't worry about any noisy generators!  I camped at Site F, a tent-only campsite. This campsite (and ...
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    • Bryson City, North Carolina

      Hike Ledbetter Creek

      Leaving the Nantahala Outdoor Center, drive upriver for 6.5 miles until you see a pull off on the right. Walk past the picnic tables, cross the railroad tracks, then follow the trail to arrive at the creek. Once you're there, it's up to you on what to do next.One of the most popular activities he...
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    • Walland, Tennessee

      Drive the Foothills Parkway National Scenic Byway

      The foothills parkway runs parallel to the Great Smoky Mountains. It is 38.6 miles in total with the longest section at 33.0 miles. There are a few different places to get on to the parkway. There is one entrance near Fontana, Walland, Wears Valley, and Cosby. However Cosby is a smaller section a...
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    • Young Harris, Georgia

      Hike the Miller Trek

      6.3 mi / 1325 ft gain
      This is an awesome trek with views of both Young Harris and Hiawassee, GA! The trail starts from the parking area where there is the Miller Trek A-Frame (see photo for reference)! There are several different trails within the trail system on the mountain, but if you take 5 minutes to read the map...
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    • Blue Ridge, Georgia

      Long Branch Loop Trail

      2.33 mi / 299 ft gain
      Long Branch Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Blue Ridge, Georgia.
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    • Townsend, Tennessee

      Spruce Flats Falls

      1.64 mi / 495 ft gain
      To get to Spruce Flats Falls, you will want to drive down 2.2 miles down the scenic Tremont Road to the Great Smoky Mountains Institute and park in the visitor center parking area. You will then want to ascend up the gravel road past the sign that says restricted to unrestricted traffic (meaning ...
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    • Upper Tremont Road, Tennessee

      Hike to Indian Flat Falls via Middle Prong Trail

      7.21 mi / 1140 ft gain
      One of the best trails in the Smokies is the Middle Prong Trail. The trail passes three major waterfalls, in addition to numerous smaller falls, cataracts and cascades. Once you've parked, you'll start at the trail head and immediately see your first cascade. From the trailhead hikers will cro...
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    • Grandview, Tennessee

      Hike to Piney Falls

      1.5 mi / 500 ft gain
      The gravel road heading to the trailhead is on the rougher side to take it slow. When you get to the trailhead it’s a small gravel pull off right off the road. There are no maps at the trailhead but there are only a few trails to take and they are marked with a blue marker. To get to the upper fa...
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    • Ellijay, Georgia

      Mountain Biking Bear Creek

      Bear Creek is a southern favorite amongst the mountain biking community. There are many variations and add-ons to make this ride more challenging, but the classic up and back from the parking lot at the base of Bear Creek is one of the most rewarding and adrenaline pumping runs you will find in ...
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    • Arkaquah Trail, Georgia

      Hike the Arkaquah Trail to Brasstown Bald

      11 mi / 3756 ft gain
      The Arkaquah Trail is unique as far as North Georgia trails go for any reasons.  Its elevation gain and distance puts it near the top for most challenging day hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  If the 11 miles round-trip sounds a bit daunting, this hike can also be done as a 5.5 mile point-to-po...
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    • Franklin, North Carolina

      Wesser Bald Fire Tower

      2.36 mi / 807 ft gain
      The road leading to the trailhead is rough the last mile, but doable in any car. Just make sure to take it easy going up and be careful, especially if there has been any rain or snow. You will have reached the parking area for the hike once you see a large green Appalachian trail sign and a few...
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    • Gatlinburg, Tennessee

      Hike to Upper Meigs Falls

      3.55 mi / 1000 ft gain
      Parking available off of Little River Gorge Road (State Hwy. 73) at The Sinks/Meigs Creek Trailhead. The trail starts with winding elevation gain until it crests around 1 mile into the hike (notice pine trees at higher elevation). After the crest it starts descending towards Meigs Creek. While f...
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    • Dayton, Tennessee

      Hike through the Laurel Snow Pocket Wilderness

      6 mi / 900 ft gain
      The Laurel-Snow Trail was the first National Recreation Trail designated in Tennessee and at just under 35 miles from downtown Chattanooga, it is perfect for a day hike, for a day of climbing, or for setting up basecamp for the weekend. The 2,000 acre area sits along the Walden Ridge of the Cumbe...
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    • Oak Ridge, Tennessee

      Hike to North Boundary Quarry

      1 mi / 100 ft gain
      The parking at the trailhead is right off of the Oak Ridge turnpike so its very easy to park and there are plenty of spots to park. The trail is very wide and is a great place for taking kids and riding your bike. There are more than one trail that you can take to get to the quarry from the trail...
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