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Easter Weekend Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

107 Park Headquarters Road · Gatlinburg, TN

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Coordinates for Ranger Station: 35.46718, -83.876844

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Head down to the Smoky Mountains for Easter Weekend. This will be a low mileage per day trip but it will be strenuous. Will begin at the Twentymile Ranger station. The address listed is not the address for the ranger station, use the coordinates that are listed. We will hike in Thursday evening on Wolf Ridge Trail to campsite 95. This should be an easy 2 plus miles to the site. There is some creek crossings but most should have log bridges. Friday we will begin our ascent of approximately 4000' we will pass through Parson's Bald and hike approximately 5 miles to campsite 13. This campsite is located near Gregory's Bald which is approximate 5000' elevation. Should be able to see Fontana Lake and Lake Cheoh to the south and Cades Cove to the North. Even mentioned that you could see Gatlinburgs lights to the North at night? Saturday we will begin the descent down on Long Hungry Ridge trail for approximately 5 miles to campsite 92. There will be several more creek crossings on Saturday. If we make good time to this campsite we can make a trip up to Shuckstack fire tower for a better view of Fontana Lake. Sunday we hill hike out on Twentymile trail. When we get back to the cars we can drive to Fontana Dam and grab a hot shower before the ride home. This trip requires advanced reservations and permits for each person. Permits cost $4 per person per night ($12 total). Once we pay for the permits there is no refunds, so be sure you are able to go before RSVPing. If you have any suggestions or side trips let me know. We can alter the trip some but we would have to ensure we make reservations at the appropriate campsites.