Mount Cammerer

Location: Western North Carolina
Trip Starts: Big Creek Campground
Trip Ends: Big Creek Ranger Station
Total Distance: 33.4 miles
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail, Balsam Mt., Baxter Creek, Chestnut Ridge, Mt. Sterling Ridge
Trail Traffic: Moderate to Heavy
Trip Type: Multi-Day Hike
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-1200


The Great Smoky Mountains get more annual visitors than any other National Park in the U.S. Surprisingly, most people never see the backcountry which has some of the most pristine wilderness in the Southeast. The Mount Cammerer hike is a 2-3 day route that starts at Big Creek Campground and follows a loop through the eastern section of the park. The trek begins with a climb up Mount Sterling, continues along the ridge pass Laurel Gap and picks up the Appalachian Trail in route to Mount Cammerer. From here, the hike follows the Chestnut Branch Trail back to the Big Creek Ranger Station near the Big Creek Campground. It can be done as either a shuttle hike or a loop hike (with a short 1/2 mile walk between the ranger station and campground).

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