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Long Bunk Trail

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A historic trail with great views that passes through an old settlement on its way to Mt. Sterling.


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3.7

Miles

5.9

KM

Point to Point

4,203' 1,281 m

High

3,069' 936 m

Low

1,366' 416 m

Up

232' 71 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

All campsites must be registered with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

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

Backcountry rules and regulations can be found here.

Description

This trail splits off of Little Cataloochee Trail (at 4.1 miles) and heads for the Mount Sterling Trail. From here, hikers can choose to hike the awesome Mt. Sterling Loop (Big Creek / Baxter Creek). Hiking up to Mt. Sterling is highly recommended if you have the time, as it's one of the highest firetowers in the Smokies and offers some exceptionally awesome panoramic views.

Shortly into the trail, hikers will come across the Hannah Cemetery. There are roughly 50 graves, with some as recent as the year 2000. About a half mile in is a former homesite from the early 1900s.

About 2.9 miles into the hike, the trail begins to follow a ridge known as Dude Branch. This ridge has a lot of beautiful, large oak trees. At 3.2 miles, the trail then shifts to follow the Correll Branch ridge.

At 3.7 miles, the trail comes to its terminus at Mount Sterling Trail. Mount Sterling is just 2.3 miles to the west, and definitely worth the extra mileage.

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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  4.0 from 4 votes

#6

in Cataloochee

#8752

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#6

in Cataloochee

#316

in North Carolina

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Hannah Cemetary is not far up from intersection with Little Cataloochee trail.
Aug 28, 2018 near Cove Creek, NC

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Apr 24, 2019
Jeremy Mason
Down from Mt. Sterling. Lots of wildflowers. Few spots where fallen trees slowed us for a minute, but nothing too bad. 3.7mi
Apr 11, 2019
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Aug 25, 2018
Rick Sullivan
Mostly clear with a couple of easily crossable large fallen trees. 3.7mi
Jul 3, 2017
Brian Carpenter
great steady climb with a not-too-difficult grade. cool cemetery around .25 from intersection with little cataloochee trail. 3.7mi