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2019-10-17 GSMNP-004 Laurel Falls to Cove Mountain
|Event Location:||Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Laurel Falls Trailhead|
|Date(s) & Time:||Thu, Oct 17 2019 10:00 am >> Thu, Oct 17 2019 2:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, Jul 1 2019 7:25 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Thu, Oct 17 2019 10:00 am|
|Event Duration:||Approx. 4 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Bill Wey|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||16|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||17 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
<<< Laurel Falls to Cove Mountain >>>
This is one of the most popular hikes in the GSMNP. It’s among the top choices after a few days long trekking in the park. It also leaves the second half of the day open to explore anything else.
We will meet and start at Laurel Falls Trailhead. This is an out and back round trip hiking. There are lots of wildflowers by the trail. This trail is so popular and the National Park Service had to pave the first 1.3 miles leading to the falls to prevent erosion. Most visitors stop at the falls, and then turn around to get back to their cars.
The trail becomes its natural unpaved surface above the waterfall. We will continue along the Laurel Falls trail entering a forest of giant tulip trees and hemlocks for less than a mile, then trekking near the crest of Chinquapin Ridge. Near the top of the mountain, the trail runs into an old road. Turn left onto the old road for about 0.1 mile, we’ll reach our turn around point, an old fire tower at the top of the Cove Mountain.
The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. Our duration time is an estimate, and we need to have some flexibility.
|How to Get There:|
From Sugarlands Visitor Center of GSMNP, drive 3.7 miles west along Little River Road to Laurel Falls Trail parking lot. The normal driving time is about 8 minutes.
1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.
2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.
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I will stay in Gatlinburg, TN, and not making day trip back to Atlanta.
There are lots of affordable lodging options in Gatlinburg, TN. The choice of lodging is completely optional of each member.
The hiking is free, but we need to cover ALL our costs. All costs are paid by members on their own. The AOC and trip leader do not pay any costs. This is not an AOC paid event.
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