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Smoky Mountains

Hiking Club

AT-Fork Ridge and Deep Creek Trails

  • 08/26/2023
  • 8:00 AM
  • Sugarlands Visitor Center, GRSM


  • For member hike registrations
  • For non-member hike registrations

This hike requires a short car shuttle. We'll drive to Deep Creek Trailhead, 1.7 miles south of Newfound Gap, drop cars, and then a few cars containing all hikers will return to the Newfound Gap parking area. Hikers will cross the highway to access the A.T. and follow it southbound 4.2 miles while enjoying about 1300' of elevation gain mixed with some downhill. We'll take the connector trail to the Fork Ridge Trail and plummet almost 3000' downhill to meet Deep Creek Trail in 5.1 miles. Then we'll take Deep Creek 3.9 miles back up (1700') to our cars and finish the car shuttle back to Newfound Gap. The hike is about 13.3 miles with about 3000' of elevation gain and is rated difficult. Meet at KARM store (formerly Alcoa Food City) 131 N Hall Rd. Alcoa ready to leave at 7:00AM or 8:00AM at Sugarlands where we'll plan the shuttle. One hundred miles round trip from Alcoa ($10) or 30 miles from Sugarlands ($3.00). Please let the leader know where you will meet the group. Register at

Leader: Claudia Dean

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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