Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Bradley Fork - Member Hike

Hike Name: Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Bradley Fork
Country: United States
State: North Carolina
Nearby Town: Cherokee
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: (Smokemont Campground) - From Atlanta and points south follow U.S. 441 and 23 North. U.S. 441 leads directly to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Follow signs to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and continue northbound on U.S. 441 (also known in the park as Newfound Gap Road) for 3.1 miles to Smokemont Campground which is on your right.
Total Hike Distance: 16.60 miles
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Permit Required: Yes
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Smokemont Campground
Trails Used: Chasteen Creek, Hughes Ridge, Bradley Fork, Dry Sluice Gap, Smokemont Loop
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams, Rivers, Springs, Snow
Management: National Park Service
Contact Information: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-1200
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: Great Smoky Mountain National Park encompasses 800 square miles of land and 95 percent of it is forested. The park is world renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal resources and for the beauty of its ancient mountains. This loop hike is on the western side of an area known as Hughes Ridge near Smokemont Campground. It starts around 2500 feet, climbs the ridge to roughly 5000 feet, and descends back to the campground following both the Chasteen Creek and Bradley Fork drainages.


The Ox

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Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Bradley Fork - January 3, 1999 January 3, 1999 4 stars 3 days The Ox


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