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Smoky Mountains

Hiking Club

Needles Eye, Big South Fork (Out and Back)

  • 10/15/2022
  • 9:00 AM
  • Leatherwood Ford parking area, BSF


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For this seldom visited but spectacular arch/cave complex, we will begin at the Leatherwood Ford Bridge parking lot in Big South Fork. We’ll hike north along the John Muir Trail, with delightful views of the Big South Fork River. We’ll cross the O&W bridge, and start climbing, to see Devils Den (huge rock house), a spectacular overlook of the river, and perhaps a little Fall foliage. Winding among several crisscrossing pathways (where this leader plans on taking no wrong turns!), we’ll make our way to a rather ordinary looking spur trail that leads to the Needles Eye, an incredible sandstone formation in the BSF. The hike is 8.6 rather rugged miles. Rated Moderate. Meet at Hardees, 107 Buffalo Rd. near I-75, Clinton, TN at 8am or at Leatherwood Ford parking area at 9am. Drive 110 miles RT {@ 0.10/mile = $11.00}.

Leader: Diane Petrilla

Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

PO Box 51592

Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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