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Trail

3.4 mile 5.5 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,243' 379 m
Descent: -101' -31 m
High: 2,848' 868 m
Low: 1,697' 517 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by David Hitchcock

Leave Metcalf Bottoms behind and climb an old logging road past Curry He and Curry She Mountains.

David Hitchcock

Features Views · Wildflowers

Closed when the Little River Road is closed from the Townsend "Y" to Sugarlands Visitor Center. For park road conditions, information can be found at twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps or by calling (865) 436-1200 and dialing extension 2, 2.

Description

Park at the Metcalf Bottoms picnic area, roughly 9.5 miles from Sugarlands Visitor Center. If you are coming from the Townsend "Y," the trailhead is about 8 miles up the Little River Road.

Cross the Little River Road and hike 100 yards toward Sugarlands until you see the trailhead on your right. Your trail starts climbing immediately as it follows an old logging road up the sides of Curry He and Curry She Mountains. You'll pass through rhododendron groves as you parallel the road. The trail gets grassy and rocky until you enter a forest of eastern hemlock trees. Even though the forest is thick at this point, the trail opens up and wildflowers, specifically crested dwarf iris, line the trail. As you start to enter the hemlocks again, keep an eye open for piles of stone that indicate early settler homesites or fields.

At about 1.9 miles, you'll cross Curry Gap between the two Curry mountains. After you pass through the gap, the trail climbs steeply for about 1/3 of a mile before it finally levels out. The grass on the trail changes into pine needles as you move through a pine forest. Downed trees in this area have opened up views of Sugarland Mountain and Mount LeConte to the east. The road in this area was used for a long time, and the original road bank can rise to about your shoulders due to erosion and poor drainage. As the trail reaches the junction with the Meigs Mountain Trail, the trail widens a bit.

Once you've reached the trail junction, you can either return to your car or explore the area a little bit. If you turn left, you can head toward Element and Jakes Creek. If you turn right, there is a cemetery up the trail about 50 yards as the trail follows the Meigs Creek Trail as it leads to the Lumber Ridge Trail.

Flora & Fauna

There are a variety of trees on this trail as you move from Little River Road to Meigs Creek Trail. Flowers can be seen along the trail in the spring. Squawroot, crested dwarf iris, rhododendron, galaxy, trailing arbutus, and wintergreen can all be encountered along the trail.

Deer and bears have been seen in the area, as well as smaller mammals.

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Feb 16, 2019
Andreas Bastias
Drizzly day, lots of moss and turkey tails. 9.7mi
May 8, 2018
Christian West
4mi
Mar 10, 2018
Darlene Willis
Sep 15, 2017
Vince Bobinski
3.4mi
Jan 14, 2017
Mike Palmer
Wear waterproof shoes 7mi
Jan 29, 2016
buddy beavers
Dec 22, 2011
David Hitchcock
Hike up Curry Mountain Trail and back in the rain. Solo hike. 6.8mi — 2h 30m

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