Hike to Brushy Mountain

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Trail: Brushy Mountain via Trillium Gap Distance: 6.8 miles round trip Total Elevation Gain: 1,745 feet Directions: At light #8 in Gatlinburg, turn onto Airport Road.  After 0.7 miles, stay to the right onto Cherokee Orchard Road.  Travel another 2.2 miles into the one-way Cherokee Orchard Loop.   Stay 0.9 miles on the loop and turn…

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Hike to Gregory Bald (and other stupid things people do to see a flower)

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The Trail: Gregory Bald (via Parsons Branch). The Distance: ~9 miles roundtrip.  Elevation gain of 2,300ft. The Crew: Yours Truly, Mr. Yours Truly, and our buds (who are in way better shape than us) Kara & Remington. The Mission:  View some purty wild azaleas, and not die in the process. A “bald” is a treeless…

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