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Cataloochee Horse Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.4 mile 3.9 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 234' 71 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 2,870' 875 m
Low: 2,636' 804 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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No Dogs
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Trail shared by Hunter R

A scenic horse trail leading through Smoky Mountain wilderness.

Hunter R

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

Family Friendly Moderate grades and a manageable length make this trail a viable option for families with children. Just be sure to keep your children close, as horses are often on trail.

Description

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has hundreds of miles of trails for visitors to enjoy, over 550 of which are open to horse use. This is one of several horse trails that can range in grade, tread, and length. Visitors are encouraged to take part in one of the park’s guided trail tours that are offered from the spring season through the fall. For more information on guided horseback tours, see the park’s website.

The eastern portion of this trail from the campground to the parking area/toilets approximately follows the route of the original road into Big Cataloochee, before the modern paved road was created. Following this trail allows you a glimpse of how the early residents traveled along the creekside on their way past the fields and church to the schoolhouse.

Visitors are also allowed to bring their own horses to experience the tranquility of the trails by themselves. For more information on horse trails and personal horse use within the park, please visit the park’s website or call (865) 436-0120.

Flora & Fauna

Myriad wildflowers in season; elk, black bear, and turkey.

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Nov 12, 2017
John R
Nice wide gravel trail by the creek.

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  3.5 from 4 votes

#11

in Cataloochee

#17741

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#11

in Cataloochee

#678

in North Carolina

#17,741

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Elk grazing in the Cataloochee Valley.
Dec 17, 2015 near Cove Creek, NC
Little guy was right off the trail. It was during the fall shuffle so he didn't have time for us. Just kept on eating...
Jan 4, 2018 near Cove Creek, NC

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