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    Default Long hike for brookies?

    Hey, I might be making a trip down to the Smokies this weekend and was hoping someone could help me out. My friends love long hikes, so I was hoping someone could suggest a long hike (between 3-7 miles) that would take us to a campsite near a brookie stream. We are only camping for one night, so there won't be much fishing. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    Try campsite 30 up the Little River Trail above Elkmont....this is a 6.2 mile hike with an elevation change of 1200 ft....estimates are for a 2.6 hour hike in...this will put you in what is known as the Three Forks area....can catch a slam from this one location...you could stop at campsite 24...Rough Creek...which is a 4.2 mile hike and then fish up towards 30...

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    That's a good hike, and you can definitely get into some good fish... hike is mostly flat up to 24 then gets a little steeper on up to 30.
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    Hey, thanks for the suggestions. I've tried this area and loved it. I was actually hoping that someone could recommend something different. I am wanting to explore some more areas of the smokies. Any other suggestions?

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    Try camping over at Smokemont, drive up to the last bridge on Straight Fork and start fishing.....there is a manway or old trail on the right hand side as you look upstream that will make the walk out a little easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bias5246 View Post
    My friends love long hikes, so I was hoping someone could suggest a long hike (between 3-7 miles) that would take us to a campsite near a brookie stream. We are only camping for one night, so there won't be much fishing.
    This is probably more information that you want, but here is a list of Campsites (by CS#) that are above 3000', sorted by elevation that are over 3 miles away from a Trailhead (TH)...


    Campsite #28 is out, since its closed to fishing and you have already done #30. 68 and 61 are out (for now) as well, since I believe Clingman's Dome Rd is closed.

    If you are willing to open your options a bit and camp at 2500' and hike up to brookie waters and/or are willing to do a shorter hike of 2.5miles or greater, you have more options:


    Like I said, more info than you probably wanted....

    "Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."

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    Wow, I appreciate it. I will have to look this over.

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    Big Creek has some great tribs full of Brook trout with backcountry campsites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteCz View Post
    This is probably more information that you want, but here is a list of Campsites (by CS#) that are above 3000', sorted by elevation that are over 3 miles away from a Trailhead (TH)...


    Campsite #28 is out, since its closed to fishing and you have already done #30. 68 and 61 are out (for now) as well, since I believe Clingman's Dome Rd is closed.

    If you are willing to open your options a bit and camp at 2500' and hike up to brookie waters and/or are willing to do a shorter hike of 2.5miles or greater, you have more options:


    Like I said, more info than you probably wanted....
    Dude, where did you get that spreadsheet? Can you share?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlito View Post
    Dude, where did you get that spreadsheet? Can you share?
    Send me an e-mail: PeteCz at Charter dot net

    "Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."

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