Noland Divide -> Deep Creek Overnight Loop

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

An epic day trip or overnight hike looping Deep Creek, Pole Road, and Noland Divide.

Hiking Difficult

Distance
29 km
Ascent
1.2 km
Descent
1.2 km
Duration
1 day +
Low Point
554 m
High Point
1.4 km
Gradient
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Noland Divide -> Deep Creek Overnight Loop Map

Description

This 18-mile circuit is one of the best overnight loops from the Deep Creek Campground. It offers epic views, plenty of waterfalls, plus an abundance of unique trees and rocks! There are plenty of backcountry campsite options, but they must be reserved prior to your trip. This route is great on its own or an excellent base for a longer route including Indian Creek, or even a trip up to the Appalachian Trail or Clingmans Dome.

This hike is best in the spring or fall, but it's still a year-round option if you're willing to brave the cold during winter. Seasonal road closures are in effect during the coldest months, so call the NPS at (865) 436-1200 for the most up-to-date road and trail information. You may get your feet wet at times, so pack appropriate gear depending on the season. This recent trail report also suggests you "always leave for a hike expecting to stay out overnight, just in case you're forced to with an injury, are lost, etc." This is a wise recommendation given the remoteness of this route.

Whether you're planning to hike this in one day or looking to spend the night on the trail, contact the NPS to discuss options for overnight parking or campsite reservations within the Deep Creek Campground. Reservations are required at a rate of $25 per night.

Dogs are not allowed on any trails within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sources: https://www.hopeandfeathertravels.com/noland-divide-loop/

Difficulty

Difficult

Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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