This mostly one-way hike will mark the map to complete the Little Cataloochee trail. We start at the trailhead on Mount Sterling road at about 3050 ft. elevation. We will organize a shuttle to park most cars at the hike end at the Pretty Hollow Gap trailhead on Cataloochee road. This will be a leisurely hike through the rarely visited Little Cataloochee Valley, one of the several scattered farm villages in this area of the park. Highlights include the Hannah Cemetery, Hannah Cabin, Dan Cook Cabin, and Little Cataloochee Baptist Church. Perfect for photography buffs. The trail varies from old gravel road to single track. There are some boggy areas and side stream rock-hoping and a moderate climb over Davidson Gap. This hike Includes Pretty Hollow Gap tr. to camp site, (CS) 39 Pretty Hollow, 1.6 mi. out and back, (3.2 mi total). At the end of Little Cataloochee Tr, those wanting a 3.2 mi shorter hike, (total of 6.0 mi.), may easily skip the out and back to CS 39 Pretty Hollow. The leader will guide those hikers to turn left on Pretty Hollow Gap Tr. 0.8 mi to the end on Cataloochee Rd where most cars will be parked. Difficulty is moderate. With CS 39, the total is 9.2 miles. The shorter hike without CS 39 total is 6.0 miles. Ascent about 1,100 ft.
To carpool, meet at the Cracker Barrel at Strawberry Plains, 1510 Cracker Barrel Lane, I-40 Exit 398. Park on the right side of the lot. Be ready to leave Cracker Barrel by 7:30 am. Or meet at Little Cataloochee TH on Mount Sterling road ready to start the gravel road shuttle by 9:45 am. Carpool distance is 143 mi. (128 mi plus shuttle 15 mi). Each rider please plan to pay your driver $14.30 each rider.
Leader: Larry Johnson
Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
PO Box 51592
Knoxville, TN 37950-1592