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Miry Ridge Trail

 4 votes

Length

5.0 Miles 8.1 Kilometers


Elevation

1,238' 377 m

Ascent

-333' -101 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

5,008' 1,526 m

High

4,055' 1,236 m

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A trail with great views from the ridge as it leads up to the Appalachian Trail.

Max Willner

Overview

Great Smoky Mountain National Park closes secondary roads on a seasonal schedule due to snow. Schedules can be found here.

All campsites must be registered with the park. Backcountry rules and regulations can be found here.
Features: Spring — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs

Description

Miry Ridge Trail is a fairly easy hike along Miry Ridge that eventually ends at the Appalachian Trail. It begins at a junction shared with Panther Creek Trail and Jakes Creek Trail. In roughly 1.9 miles is a small spur trail that leads to Campsite #26 on Dripping Spring Mountain.

At. 2.5 miles, hikers will come to the junction with Lynn Camp Prong Trail, leading to the Marks Cove Campsite (#28) and further on to Middle Prong Trail. About half a mile further south along Miry Ridge Trail is a nice little lookout from which you can see Clingmans Dome.

Just at 5 miles, hikers wlll come to Cold Spring Knob upon the Appalachian Trail. Were they to turn left and head east (northbound), they will pass Silers Bald Shelter, Double Spring Gap Shelter and Clingmans Dome. To the right heading west (southbound) is the Derrick Knob Shelter and Spence Field Shelter.

Flora & Fauna

The Smokies are home to more than 1,600 species of plants, most of which produce an abundance of flowers in the spring. These species include mountain laurel, rhododendron, azalea, and many others. Spring wildflowers peak from early April through late May. To learn more about the plants of the Smokies and even get a trees and shrubs checklist, visit the park's website.

As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders. Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus). For more information on black bears, refer to this webpage.

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Nov 26, 2016
Brian Carpenter
part of the thanksgving weekend loop hike. 5mi
Jan 29, 2016
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Could be a nice trail but horses destroy it by eroding the trail and turning the narrow portions into a muddy mess. Slogged through the entire trail churned into mud by horses. The park service needs to ban horses on these narrow trails. Jul 5, 2017

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