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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Hemphill Bald Loop

This 13.2-mile loop is classic Smokies: free-flowing creeks, wide valley views, and hardwood forests peppered with long-abandoned homesites.

Rating

-Mapped by Tim Johnson

To Trailhead

From Asheville, take I-40 W to US 74 W to US 19/23 S through Maggie Valley. Exit onto Blue Ridge Parkway @ Soco Gap. Head N. At milepost 458.2, R onto Heintooga Rd. Park 6.1 mi. later @ Polls Gap trailhead.

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