MORE INFORMATION: Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-1200
HIGHLIGHTS: Great Smoky Mountains 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.