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Hatcher Mountain Trail

Intermediate

Trail

2.8 mile 4.5 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 853' 260 m
Descent: -215' -65 m
High: 2,030' 619 m
Low: 1,291' 393 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Ken Wise

A steady climb of Hatcher Mountain offering fantastic views of the landscape below.

Ken Wise

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Description

The Hatcher Mountain Trail is a short connector used primarily as an access route between a network of trails along Abrams Creek and those extending into the extreme northwest corner of the park.

Beginning at its lower terminus along Abrams Creek, the Hatcher Mountain Trail turns immediately away from the stream, winds to its intersection with the Little Bottoms Trail, and then settles into a steady climb on a rough track up the south end of Hatcher Mountain. Looking back down the trail from this elevation, the beauty and the ruggedness of the Abrams Creek gorge can be readily appreciated.

Within the first mile, the trail clears the end of the mountain and moves into the moist cooler environment of the Oak Flats drainage. The trail here is level, remarkably even, and smooth underfoot. Eastern hemlocks and white pine are the dominant tree species on the top of the ridge while the cove-hardwood species are prevalent on the steeper slopes below the trail.

This content was contributed by author Ken Wise. For a comprehensive hiking guide to the Great Smoky Mountains and to see more by Ken, click here.

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Mar 16, 2019
Brian Carpenter
great views 2.6mi
Jan 8, 2019
Robert McDaniel
Sep 1, 2018
Jerry Willis
Apr 10, 2017
Chadwick Conner
2.8mi

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 3 votes

#3

in Abrams Creek

#19693

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#3

in Abrams Creek

#406

in North Carolina

#19,693

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Late afternoon sun sets in as the Cooper Road Trail passes Hatcher Mountain Trail (left) and Beard Cane Trail (right)
Apr 22, 2019 near Wildwood, TN

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