Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Spence Field Loop

Wander from bubbling cascades to scenic balds to wide ridgelines to old-growth forest on this classic 12.5-mile, 2-day loop in the shadow of several 5,000-foot peaks.
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Wander from bubbling cascades to scenic balds to wide ridgelines to old-growth forest on this classic 12.5-mile, 2-day loop in the shadow of several 5,000-foot peaks.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 19.1

Waypoints

SFL001

Location: 35.6050109863281, -83.7700958251953

Head SE on Anthony Creek Trail

SFL002

Location: 35.603199005127, -83.7669219970703

Stay straight @ 3-way with Crib Gap Trail

SFL003

Location: 35.5880355834961, -83.7564468383789

Bear L @ Y, staying near Anthony Creek

SFL004

Location: 35.5786933898926, -83.7412414550781

Anthony Creek campsite

SFL005

Location: 35.5816078186035, -83.7347412109375

Turn R @ Tonto Bote Mountain Trail

SFL006

Location: 35.5642700195312, -83.7306365966797

Turn right onto AT after quick sidetrip to L for great views on Spence Field Bald

SFL007

Location: 35.5638694763184, -83.7315826416016

Stay on AT; head to branch of Gunna Greek. Option: Turn L, overnight at shelter

SFL008

Location: 35.5619087219238, -83.7327041625976

Spence Field Shelter (backcountry permit required); return to Waypoint 7 then head W

SFL010

Location: 35.561767578125, -83.7664413452148

Take R onto Russell Field Trail

SFL011

Location: 35.5776977539062, -83.7603759765625

Ledbetter Ridge backcountry campsite; reliable water

SFL009

Location: 35.5642356872559, -83.7551651000976

Trail descends into Maple Sugar Gap, then loops N to McCambell Gap

SFL012

Location: 35.587963104248, -83.7564697265625

Close loop; turn L and return 1.7 miles back to trailhead