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Yellow Creek Mountain Trail: Fontana to Tapoco

  • 07/22/2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • Walmart, 2410 US 411 South, Maryville, TN


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The Benton MacKaye trail route was relocated recently to follow the Yellow Creek Mountain in the Nantahala National Forest. We’ll hike this scenic segment as a car shuttle with a few cars left across the river from Tapoco Lodge then drive over to Fontana Village to begin hiking near the General Store. We’ll hike a short way on a Fontana trail to the Lookout Rock trail up to the ridge. The trail ascends steeply to reach the ridge line and the Yellow Creek Mountain trail which we follow with several climbs to Tapoco. Those interested can grab a bite at Tapoco before returning to get the cars at Fontana Village and the drive back on the Dragon. Hike 10 miles and climb about 2000 ft. Rated moderately difficult due to many ups and downs and possibly overgrown trails in July. Meet at WalMart at 2410 US 411 (south) in Maryville at 8:00 AM. Drive 110 miles RT.

Leader: Tim Bigelow

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

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Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

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Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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