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North Carolina Trails

Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Noland Divide to Newton Bald

This 16-miler packs big vertical change and diverse landscapes (from grassy campsites to mountain summits) into a two-night trip.

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-Mapped by Peter Rives

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 25.8

Waypoints

NDT001

Location: 35.567268, -83.48175

Head ESE around Roundtop Knob (5,150 ft.) and under the Noland Divide

NDT002

Location: 35.5326, -83.454353

L onto Pole Rd. Creek Trail @ Upper Sassafras Gap to pinched drainage

NDT003

Location: 35.529591, -83.422318

Cross Deep Creek. Turn L downriver for first camp (4 sites, permit required)

NDT004

Location: 35.531151, -83.422394

Campsites near banks of Deep Creek. Next day, return to WPT 3; head S

NDT005

Location: 35.520618, -83.418953

Near Bryson Place, swing L onto Martin Gap Trail

NDT006

Location: 35.519199, -83.408363

L again (NE) along Sunkota Ridge. Watch your step: These mountains are home to more than 35 species of salamanders

NDT007

Location: 35.540066, -83.399368

Veer E; share the trail with horsepackers

NDT008

Location: 35.546021, -83.369377

Turn R onto the Thomas Divide Trail

NDT009

Location: 35.541779, -83.367218

R onto Newton Bald Trail; grassy campsite located N of intersection

NDT010

Location: 35.5424, -83.35878

Veer L (stay on Newton Bald Trail); steep descent to the Oconaluftee River

NDT011

Location: 35.551022, -83.327873

Rest; more descending ahead

NDT012

Location: 35.553329, -83.314201

Turn L. In 400 ft., L again to trailhead

NDT013

Location: 35.554371, -83.311218

End hike near US 441; cross road; grab shuttle car @ Smokemont Campground