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Fontana Ferry to Hazel Creek and Bone Valley Backpack

  • 10/14/2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • 10/15/2023
  • Fontana Village Resort Marina Trailhead Parking, Fontana Dam, NC 28733


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


We will meet at 9:00 am in the backpacker parking area on the Fontana Marina Docks to begin the backpacking trip. After collecting everyone, we will walk down to the docks and take the ferry across Fontana Lake to Hazel Creek. From the Hazel Creek unloading area we will hike up Hazel Creek 5.3 miles to Backcountry Campsite 83. After setting up camp, we will walk up Bone Valley trail for 1.8 miles to the cabin, graveyard, and ruins at the top of the trail and then return to camp for the night. Please note that there are five water crossings on Bone Valley. Early the next morning we hike back down to Fontana and take the ferry back to our cars. If you are interested in this backpacking event you will need to make a ferry reservation and a backcountry reservation before the day we leave. The distance from Knoxville to Fontana is approximately 65 miles. Travel time is about 1 1⁄2 hours.

Email the hike leader for details on costs, making reservations and the meetup location. Register at

Leader: Steve Dunkin

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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