This moderately easy off-trail adventure is offered as a newcomers’ hike for those interested in an introduction to offtrail hiking. The unmaintained Asbury Trail follows the NE boundary of Cataloochee 6.9 miles from Cove Creek Gap to Mount Sterling Gap. Historical use and continued interest leave traces that can generally be followed as the trail climbs Scottish Mountain and crosses Indian Grave Branch, allegedly the burial site of a Cherokee chief. A nearby cemetery contains unmarked graves of black slaves and an unfortunate traveler of the mid-1800’s. It also marks the site where the notorious Confederate bushwhacker, Captain Albert Teague, shot three Cataloochee men, George and Henry Grooms and Mitchell Caldwell. Short car shuttle required for this hike.
Leaders: Cindy McJunkin and Ken Wise
To register, contact the leader directly via email, text or phone. You can find contact information in the January 2023 newsletter writeup for this hike.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
PO Box 51592
Knoxville, TN 37950-1592