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Old 05-12-2008, 11:06 PM
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Hello, I am new to post but have been reading for some time. I have made several trips to the Townsend end of the park and I am coming the day after Memorial day with my son and a couple of his friends to celebrate his 18th birthday. I am looking for info on some trails to hike in that end of the park that aren't all that challenging, but some challenge is fine. Also, if anyone can suggest a good hike that follows a decent stream to fish, that would be a plus. When I was younger, I did a lot of serious hikes in the park, but that was then, this is now. I want something to wear these kids out without killing me. I have to be able to fish after all!

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Old 05-12-2008, 11:51 PM
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If you're staying in Townsend, you can try the Lynn Camp trail...it's pretty wide and smooth (it's the old logging railroad bed), and it goes for quite a ways. Most importantly, it goes by a pretty good stream that will be closed to fishing in a few months, so now is the time to fish it before it's off limits for a number of years.
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Old 05-13-2008, 07:47 AM
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Laurel Falls is an easy hike, I usually hike that the first day I'm in the Smokies, just to get my trail legs back.
For hiking and fishing, Chimney Tops is a good trail. Good fishing at the beginning of the trail and a beautiful view from the top. It's moderately difficult, but short, I think 4 or 5 miles round trip. Abram's Falls in Cades Cove is another fish/hike trail. The stream runs along side the trail the entire way except for one or two spots, 10 miles round trip.
If you want to do a serious hike while you're there, look to Ramsey's Cascades or Mt. LeConte. Both are 10-12 miles and are demanding hikes, but well worth it.
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Old 05-13-2008, 08:52 AM
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Its hard to beat the Little River Trail. Its a nice hike along some great water. You could stop at anytime and start fishing. If you were going to hike/camp you could stay at the Elkmont Campground (fee) or venture up to Backcountry Campsite #24 (reservations req'd) or Campsite #30.

Another good option is Deep Creek from either direction (Newfound Gap Rd [harder] or Bryson City[easier but a longer drive from Townsend]). Again there are a number of good campsites (Frontcountry and Backcountry) and great water to fish.

You could also hike into Abrams Falls from below on the Little Bottoms Manway. The fishing is not really that great until you get to the Falls and above, but the hike is much less crowded than the Cades Cove approach and there are a few campsites along the way as well.

All three hikes are back and forth hikes, so you could decide how far you want to hike and then turn around. So the length of the hike would be completely dependent on how you feel, rather than taking a loop hike and being somewhat committed to a certain distance to complete it.

How many days are you staying? Are you camping (if so, frontcountry [drive-in] or backcountry[hike-in])? I put together some info that you might want to look at that compares the relative difficulty of some of the trails. Its not very scientific, but it might help you pick a few spots. If you can, pick up a copy of "Hiking Trails of the Smokies" from the Smokies Bookstore. Its a great reference.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:12 AM
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Its hard to beat the Little River Trail. Its a nice hike along some great water. You could stop at anytime and start fishing. If you were going to hike/camp you could stay at the Elkmont Campground (fee) or venture up to Backcountry Campsite #24 (reservations req'd) or Campsite #30.
I second the Little River Trail for an easy hike with good fishing.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:26 AM
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West prong is also a nice trail and lots of bows not much pressure.
Look for campsite 18 on the maps.
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