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blue Lower Mount Cammerer Trail

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Trail

7.6 mile 12.2 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,428' 435 m
Descent: -296' -90 m
High: 3,502' 1,067 m
Low: 2,334' 711 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Elizabeth Paashaus

A well graded trail that climbs consistently to the AT.

Elizabeth Paashaus

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek

Reservations required at all campsites in the Smokies.

Description

The trail can be a bit tricky to get started on. There are many side trails leading to the river and the Cosby Nature Trail. Follow the trail that parallels the road until you see a sign for the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail. The trail is well graded, though there are almost no downhill sections for the entire length. There are many water sources crossing the trail, though you'll need to be prepared to treat water before consumption.

Just over 3 miles into the trail, visitors will pass a campsite. This campsite is in a lower angled section of a drainage, has 3 apparent sites, and is well protected from the wind. The ground is lumpy in many areas and site selection might be hard for a tent of more than 2 people. If you follow the Lower Mount Cammerer Trail a few hundred yards further past the campsite sign, you'll come to one more labeled tent site. Campfire rings are established in each of these sites if you must have a fire.

From the campsite, the trail continues up to a gap with a small cemetery of the Estes family dating to the early 1900's. Most markers are blank rocks but there is one labeled stone. There is no evidence of a road or other trail leading to this area. The trail continues up to a signed intersection with the AT with mileages listed.

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Mar 28, 2019
Bridget Graves
Dec 28, 2018
Becky Holzhei
Oct 27, 2018
Melissa Maddux
Aug 5, 2018
Darlene Willis
Aug 5, 2018
Jerry Willis
May 26, 2017
Adam Schuch
Jul 3, 2016
Josh Hawkins 1
Oct 20, 2015
Caleb Batchelor
Best way to get up to the Mount Camerer lookout tower if you have the extra time. Nice gradual grade up to where the trail meets up with the AT. ...

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  3.8 from 5 votes

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in Cosby

#9143

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in Cosby

#167

in North Carolina

#9,143

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