Backpacker Magazine –
National Parks: Great Smoky Mountains
Crystal Clear Twenty Mile Creek (Photo by Brett Siminson)
An illuminated firefly (Photo by Rick Lieder)
From Fontana Dam Rd., head west on NC 28. In 7.8 miles, turn right; drive .1 mile to parking.
USGS quads Fontana Dam, Cades Cove, Calderwood, and Tapoco ($8 each, store.usgs.gov
Required for overnight stays; free. Pick up in person at the Twentymile Ranger Station. Reservations are required for Campsite 13 (make them up to one month in advance).
Backcountry Information Office, (865) 436-1297; Backcountry Reservation Office, (865) 436-1231; nps.gov/grsm
Download a complete tracklog and key waypoints at backpacker.com/hikes/twentymile
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