Caldwell Fork to Boogerman Trail

2 reviews #75 hike out of 506 in
7.5 mi
Distance
4 hrs 3 min
Time
terrain
1,066 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate loop hike in the Cataloochee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail goes through extensive old growth forest and former farmland with stone walls and cellar holes. It is particularly beautiful in spring and fall. Numerous crossings of Caldwell Fork are unbridged and may be hazardous in high water.

Getting Started

The trail begins just beyond the entrance to Cataloochee Campground. There is room for 6-8 cars. It may be necessary to park beyond the trailhead and walk back to the start.

Taking Children

This hike was traditionally good for older children. With several bridges missing, knee-deep fords are required in swift water. They may be difficult or hazardous, therefore it is now rated a 5.


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12notch 3 months, 2 weeks ago
Boogerman/Caldwell Loop
Lots of butterflies and water crossings. Water crossings can be thigh high and swift. Trekking poles recommended. Best to do elevation first and then water crossings on second half.
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