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Story of the Forest Trail

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Length


1.0 Miles 1.5 Kilometers


93' 28 m

Ascent

-148' -45 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

3,594' 1,095 m

High

3,460' 1,055 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 81 days ago
Some Mud: rained a couple days ago but trails are in good condition. some slippery rocks. History

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An easy hike that takes you from the Big Meadows Campground to the Byrd Visitor Center.

Michaela Davis-Rigney

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Little to no elevation gain or loss.

Overview

This informative nature trail is great for those seeking a short trail, or a trail that features some of the natural and local history.

Description

This trail is 1 mile if hiking one-way from the campground to the Byrd Visitor Center. Otherwise it can be done as a 1.8 mile circuit hike. The trail passes through forest and connects with a paved walkway. From the Byrd Visitor Center exit, turn right and follow the sidewalk to trail entrance. At the paved walkway turn left to return to visitor center, or to avoid pavement, retrace your steps.

The nature trail provides a self-guided tour, where visitors can learn about the native plant and animal species, as well as some local history.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, black bears, salamanders, chipmunks, and other woodland critters!

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Aug 6, 2018
Eric Schmidt
May 16, 2017
Kerrie Daniel
Apr 1, 2017
Andrew William
Mar 5, 2017
Chris McCloud
Done as part of day at Hawksbill/Big Meadows.
Mar 4, 2017
Chris McCloud
Done as part of day hiking at Hawksbill-Big Meadows
Sep 5, 2016
Gus Johannsen
1mi
Jul 17, 2016
Amanda Grubb

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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