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Any more Uncrowded trails like Spruce Flats Falls? (Shhhhh)

Missouri
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Any more Uncrowded trails like Spruce Flats Falls? (Shhhhh)

We hiked Spruce Flats Falls Trail last year and loved that there were few other people along this scenic path that lead to the most beautiful falls we've seen in the Smokies. It's an unmaintained trail, but not too weedy/rocky. We were not too terribly afraid of finding snakes, but were cautious. We'd like to find a similar, moderate hike this year. Anyone know of a place?

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1. Re: Any more Uncrowded trails like Spruce Flats Falls? (Shhhhh)

Hen Wallow Falls in Cosby is often uncrowded. Not a spectacular waterfall, but enjoyable just the same. The hike to the Walker Sisters cabin has never been crowded when we've done it, but we get out pretty early most days. Another nice, uncrowded hike would be to Andrews Bald, where you take the Forney Creek Trail across from the trailhead at Clingman's Dome. It's more difficult than the others mentioned, but it's never been full of folks when we are up there. Also when in Roaring Fork you might consider Baskins Creek Falls. One of our favorite waterfalls, and while you'll probably see others on the trail, it's never been packed full of folks from our experiences.

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2. Re: Any more Uncrowded trails like Spruce Flats Falls? (Shhhhh)

Thanks! I've been researching both the Arnold's Bald and Walker Sisters Trails.

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3. Re: Any more Uncrowded trails like Spruce Flats Falls? (Shhhhh)

it's really not too hard to avoid the crowded trails in the smokies... probably 95% of dayhikers on any given weekend day are on the lower quarter one of these trails: Laurel Falls, Alum Cave, Rainbow, Trillium, Abrams, Chimney Tops, Little River... and maybe a few more that i'm forgetting.

what's your mileage limit?

Missouri
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4. Re: Any more Uncrowded trails like Spruce Flats Falls? (Shhhhh)

No more than 5 miles round trip. 2-3 hours.

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5. Re: Any more Uncrowded trails like Spruce Flats Falls? (Shhhhh)

We've hiked the Little Cataloochee Trail from hwy 32 to the church, which is about 2 miles from the road, and back and did not see any other people at all. (This was in mid-April, though, so that might make a difference as far as the amount of people.)

There usually aren't as many people on the Cosby area trails as other parts of the park.

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6. Re: Any more Uncrowded trails like Spruce Flats Falls? (Shhhhh)

The Porter's Creek trail in the Greenbrier area usually isn't super busy, unless the group from the Wildflower Pilgrimage is visiting in April.

This trail has a pretty interesting history and there are several "items" to see including an old car in the woods, old homestead areas, a cemetary, the old hiking club shelter, and Fern Branch Falls which should be pretty impressive right now with all the rain the park has gotten.

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7. Re: Any more Uncrowded trails like Spruce Flats Falls? (Shhhhh)

We just got back from GSM yesterday and I would 2nd Baskins Creek Falls. On previous trips we hiked Laurel, Grotto, Abrams, Chimney Tops, Charlies Bunion, Cove Hardwoods Trail and Andrew's Bald and were looking for a new hike. The actual Baskin Creek Trail is 6 miles with trailhead access in two locations on the Roaring Fork Motor Trail, but it would be foolish to hike from one trailhead to the other and back. We started at the 2nd trailhead (between Marker #9 and #10) and hiked the 1.35 miles on Baskins Creek Trail and then .2 miles to the Falls. We didn't see anyone on the trail. It was a 600' elevation decent and a tough climb back up with our 7 and 9 year old boys, but the falls were great and having it to ourselves was even better.

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8. Re: Any more Uncrowded trails like Spruce Flats Falls? (Shhhhh)

I wish we could do Chimney Tops, but it sounds a little difficult for us amateurs. Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

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