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Lake Shore Trail

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fontana lake
Near:Fontana Dam, NC
Distance:15 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:4000 ft
Hike Time:8.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail

Summary: approximately six miles to campground. Must have permit and must NOT camp outside of campsites. A fine will follow if you do. Many sites: old home place, old vechicles, trail follows Eagle Creek to NW and spectacular views to see. Horse trails lead to campground with many tent sites and cables to hang packs. Fishing is good for lake trout and smallmouth bass. Good trip for 2-3 days in smokies but many rules to follow.
Trailhead: cross fontana dam and follow asphalt trail along AT. Lakeshore trail will branch off to the right. (Lat:35.48459 Lon:-83.77442)
Trail Guides for Lake Shore Trail:
smokey mts national park
by USFS  ()

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: US forest service- (202) 205-8333
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jerry Nelson, who has posted  2 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by mark m on 9/23/2005
I used to work in this area. THe trail is administrated by the National Park Service (Great smoky Mountains National Park) not the USFS. Nice hike at lower elevation is nice in the winter when temperatures are cooler. Lots of old homesites along the route.

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Keys: North Carolina Hiking, North Carolina Trails, North Carolina Hikes, Graham County Hiking, Graham County Trails, Graham County Hikes

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