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Thread: Backcountry Camping/Fishing Suggestions

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    Default Backcountry Camping/Fishing Suggestions

    I am headed to the GSMNP with my wife and 2/3 adult children around Memorial Week (2 boys in the Army and lucky to get them together). I am looking for suggestions of a hike to backcountry camping site that will have lots of fishing for myself and son and other things for the others to do. Prefer out of the beaten path. We have made overnights before and can handle moderate to heavy moderate hikes. So let the suggestions fly (pun intended).

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    Quick and relative easy hike would be up Little River Trail above Elkmont....campsite 21 is at the junction of the LR trail with the Huskey Gap trail...about 3 miles...or go up above the forks of the river to campsite 24 at Rough Creek at 4.2 miles...another 1.8 miles will get you to campsite 30 which is probably the most remote of the three....fishing is good around all three sites....also close to other trails for the non-fisher people....might even get to see some of the synchronized fireflies at that time

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    Just saw on the park website campsite 26 is closed due to bear activity.

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    Today it lists 26 only as a bear warning, not under the bear closures lists. If there is a bear warning does that mean that bears have been frequenting the area of campsite but haven't yet done anything to merit a full closure?

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    We hiking and camped Little River above Elkmont a couple of years ago in early spring. It is a nice area for fishing and camping, but even in the cold we were surrounded by little rock throwers rather quickly. We tried to go to 30 but at the time the river was very high and crossing was just to much of a risk. We may try 30 this time, I was just hoping for the nice quiet desolate stretch of water that no one but us bug stickers would want to go to.

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    We decided on Deep Creek and will be headed up the mountain Mon 23/Tues 24. I think we will stay at site #55 both nights. If you are up there give us a holler.

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    #55 is a good site. It is at the mouth of Left Fork. Good fishing

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