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Stone Pile Gap Trail

Intermediate
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This trail connects Thomas Divide Trail and Indian Creek Trail.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Point to Point

2,440' 744 m

High

1,983' 604 m

Low

2' 1 m

Up

457' 139 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Moderate grades and a manageable length make this trail a viable option for families with children.

Closed when the entrance to Deep Creek Ranger station/Campground is closed. Smokies road information can be found at twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps or by calling (865) 436-1200 and dialing extension 2, 2.

Description

The trailhead is located 1.1 miles from the start of the Thomas Divide Trail on the Galbraith Creek Road. The trail loses 500 feet of elevation in just 0.9 miles, so get ready for a lot of hiking downhill, or climbing if you come from Indian Creek Trail.

The trail starts to descend from the Thomas Divide Trail and crosses a shallow creek via a rock hop. Then the trail descends through a stream bed that can be slippery. When the trail arrives at Indian Creek, a 25 foot log allows the trail to cross the creek with relative ease. The trail finally levels out for the last 0.1 mile as it approaches the Indian Creek Trail.

A left turn onto Indian Creek Trail brings you to Deep Creek Campground in 1.2 miles. If you turn right, you can hike along Indian Creek Trail toward Campsite #46.

More information on this trail and others can be found in Hiking Trails of the Smokies.

Flora & Fauna

Flowering dogwoods and mountain laurel can be found along the trail.

Several varieties of wildflowers can be found in the cool coves along this trail.

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Shared By:

David Hitchcock

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  3.5 from 2 votes

#9

in Deep Creek

#23153

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#9

in Deep Creek

#907

in North Carolina

#23,153

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Jan 9, 2021
buddy beavers
Aug 23, 2020
Mark Scheuerlein
Thomas Divide trailhead to Indian Creek Falls, then Indian Creek Trail to Backcountry Camp 51 (oops!), then back to Thomas Divide trailhead. 10.5mi — 6h 00m
Mar 29, 2018
Chalice Keith
Dec 5, 2017
John Findlay
Jun 29, 2016
Elizabeth Paashaus