Nestled deep in the Armuchee ridges of Northwest Georgia, a series of waterfalls and streams creates a beautiful scene, and the short hike up to it, and farther up to Johns Mountain Overlook, is worth it, as the views are spectacular. I find it weird that for a trail of very high popularity, there is a small to moderate sized parking lot. The other amenities are picnic tables and restrooms. I hiked this trail on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. My plans were to take the right branch of the Keown Falls Loop Trail up to Keown Falls Overlook, then take the right branch of the Johns Mountain Trail to the Johns Mountain Overlook, and finish it by hiking down the left sides of both loops.
On the southern side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, flows the Oconaluftee River. In the foothills of the Smokies, lies Smokemont Campground. There are many hiking opportunities in the campground area, and they become useful, when Newfound Gap Road closes during snow, leaving the Campground as the only option for hiking. The Smokemont Loop Trail, a combination of the Bradley Fork Trail, Smokemont Trail, and Benton Mackaye Trail. The trail follows Bradley Fork, which flows into the Oconaluftee, before climbing a high rudge, named Richland Mountain. I hiked this trail on Saturday, February 15th, 2014, after a moderate snowstorm. My plan was to start at the old church and hike the Smokemont Loop clockwise.
Year 1: 540.0 Miles
Year 2: 552.3 Miles
Year 3: 518.4 Miles
Year 4: 434.5 Miles