3 day backpacking trips

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3 day 2 night

big creek circuit

BIG CREEK LOOP

3 DAY TRIP
TOTAL TRIP MILEAGE: 17.2 MILES
MODERATE DIFFICULTY
AVERAGE MILEAGE PER DAY: 5.7
ELEVATION GAIN/ ELEVATION LOSS: 4000 GAIN, 4000 LOSS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Camp at the base of Mt. Sterling Fire Tower

  • Hike along Mount Sterling Ridge

  • Two Waterfalls along route, Midnight Hole Falls and  Mouse Creek Falls

DAY 1 - 5.3 MILES

We begin our day hiking up Big Creek. We will take a dip at Midnight Hole Falls and enjoy the forest in this scenic lush creek bed. Onward, we will pass Mouse Creek Falls and make camp at Walnut Bottom, the former Crestmont logging camp.

DAY 2 - 5.8 MILES

Today will be filled with ascent and views as we take Sterling Ridge and walk a mile high to our campsite for the evening. The camp is at the base of Mount Sterling Fire Tower, which you can climb if you desire. Views of the Pigeon River Gorge, the Cataloochee Valley, and the Unaka Mountains are the cherry on the top of a full days hike and complete our trek for the day.

DAY 3 - 6.1 MILES

Our final day in this portion of the park will be a day of descent, much needed and much appreciated. We walk off of the Mount Sterling Ridgeline and down the Benton MacKaye Trail back to the Big Creek Ranger station, a fine cathartic finish to a rewarding 3 days in the backcountry.

$1800 PER PERSON

3 day 2 night

gregory bald circuit

ABRAMS FALLS & GREGORY BALD LOOP

3 DAY TRIP
TOTAL TRIP MILEAGE: 24 MILES
MODERATE DIFFICULTY
AVERAGE MILEAGE PER DAY: 8 MILES
ELEVATION GAIN/ ELEVATION LOSS:  3400 GAIN, 3000 LOSS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Swim in Abrams Falls

  • Isolated backcountry campsites

  • Expansive views of Cades Cove from Gregory Bald

  • Hike an original portion of the Appalachian Trail

DAY 1 - 6.2 MILES

We begin our day by hiking up Gregory Ridge through rhododendron thickets and past a rushing creek. We will have expansive views of Cades Cove and discuss Russell Gregory once we reach the bald. Most of our ascent for the duration of the trip will be on day one. We camp at Sheep Pen Gap and drink in the view from Gregory Bald while we eat a well deserved backcountry dinner.

DAY 2 - 12 MILES

Today will take us Down from Gregory Bald and across Hannah Mountain. We will be hiking one of the most isolated trails in Smoky Mountain National Park today, so solitude is guaranteed. The mileage is offset by the gradual downhill descent to the creek valley below. We pitch camp next to Rabbit Creek for the night.

DAY 3 - 6.2 MILES

Our final day will be highlighted by a rushing creek crossing and a visit to Abrams Falls or a descent along Rabbit Creek back to Cades Cove. Weather and ability will be taken into account given each option. Each option is beautiful and rewarding.

$1800 PER PERSON