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Backpacker Magazine – November 2012

Smokies Adventure Guide (2012 National Parks Series: Part 5 of 6)

Leave it to our seasoned map contributors to find solitude in America's most-visited park. This exclusive trip planner serves up routes guaranteed to get you off the tourist trail and into deep wilderness.

by: Peter Rives and Andrew Matranga

Cades Cove (iStockphoto.com)
Cades Cove (iStockphoto.com)
Maddron Bald Trail (Photo by Tommy Penick)
Maddron Bald Trail (Photo by Tommy Penick)


GREAT SMOKEY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
See the best of the park on these three noteworthy hikes.

BEST DAY: Chimney Tops via Newfound Gap

BEST WEEKEND: Maddron Bald Loop

BEST WEEK: Mid-Smokies Circut


Maps: Order full-color, waterproof topo maps of these
three routes at backpacker.com/promaps,
including a Full Wall Map.


Find 32 more field-scouted treks in the Smokies at backpacker.com/smokies. Pick your favorite, then view maps and photos, and print expedition-quality topos using our tools.




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