Smokemont Loop

based on 52 tracks & routes #9 hike out of 492 in
6.2 mi
2 hrs 55 min
1,347 ft
Elev Gain


This is a moderate loop hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The route passes through an area of former settlement before climbing a ridge above the Oconaluftee River valley.

From the starting point, the hike follows Bradley Fork Trail to its junction with the Smokemont Loop, which is followed over a long ridge and past Bradley Cemetery back to the campground.

Getting Started

From Cherokee, NC follow US 441 N to the USNPS Smokemont Campground. Follow the access road to the far (north) end of the campground to the designated hiker parking. In winter when the campground is partially closed you will need to park where the loop re-enters the campground and hike 0.3 miles through the campground to reach the start.

Taking Children

This is an excellent hike for children, particularly for families staying at Smokemont Campground. The climb is steady but is popular for children due to the varied terrain and old home sites, including a cemetery.

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gilbdc 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Smokemont Trail
I challenging hike to top of Smokemont mountain
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