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Baskins Creek & Grapeyard Ridge Trails

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Highlights:

Historic cabins & steam engine wreck along the creek
Near:Gatlinburg, TN
Scenery:
Distance:10.4 miles
Elevation Gain:2890 ft
Hike Time:6 hours
Difficulty:Moderate
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Point to Point



Summary: Your hike will begin on the Baskins Creek Trail, a solitude option to hiking without the crowds of other trails in the area. At 1.4 mi into the hike you will see a side trail to Baskins Creek Falls, it is a steep descent trail to view the falls. The trail will emerge onto the Motor Trail so cross road and down the hill to cross the bridge and the trail can be located just beyond the Cole cabins. From here you will have a steady climb before descending to the Ogle Place, in the near by creek was the site of a mill. At 4.4 mi is Campsite #32 a nice level campsite which once was an old farm site. Back on the main trail you cross another creek with a wrecked steam engine and debris from the logging days. One more short climb will take you to James Gap were on the left you can see another site of a home. The last 2.6 mi will be easy ridge walking and manageable creek crossings until you find the Greenbrier Cove Road.
Trailhead: This hike is setup as a car shuttle or key swap, park one car at Gatlinburg and one car in Greenbrier. The easier route is desribed here.

Baskins Creek Trailhead: From Gatlinburg turn at stop light # 8, turn on Roaring Fork Motor Trail. Park on the side of the Cherokee Orchard Road just before the entrance to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Walk up Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (closed inwinter) 0.2 mi to jct. with Baskins Creek Trail. Turn left onto trail.

Grapeyard Ridge Trail:From Gatlinburg Hwy 441 North to 321/73 to Greenbrier GSMNP follow Greenbrier Road to Ramsey Cascades Trailhead. Turn left at bridge and turn right for small pulloff. Go back over the bridge and to the right across road is the Grapeyard Ridge Trailhead. (Lat:35.67728 Lon:-83.47843)

Trail Guides for Baskins Creek & Grapeyard Ridge Trails:
Day Hikes in GSMNP
by Johnny Molloy ()

Day & Overnight hikes in GSMNP
by Johhny Malloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: GSMNP 865-436-1200
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted  74 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by tk on 3/17/2011
Beautiful waterfall at the bottom of the steep hike down. Hiking back up was a challenge with the kids, but we felt as if we accomplished something! Very nice views of the mountains, streams, and overall scenery.

Reviewed by tracekins on 7/7/2009
grapeyard ridge is a very nice solitude hike-nice walk beside the creek almost the entire way and a neat little steam engine.you will probably not see another hiker on this one.

Reviewed by Barb on 4/25/2008
Hiked April 17, 2008 We only went as far as the falls and returned back to trail head (3.2 miles RT). This is not used much which is too bad. Perhaps the steep descent to the falls turns people off. I thought it was worthwhile. There are probably better hikes in Great Smoky National Park, but I liked the solitude and challenge of this one. Lots of wildflowers.

Reviewed by Viewer on 1/28/2008
After hiking many of the better known trails in the smokies, my wife and I were looking for a shorter day hike close to town. We went on this one. It is fantastic! There is a fascinating little cemetery along the way as you walk through a very dense, damp, and dark forest. The waterfall is just beautiful and sees surprisingly few visitors. We only saw 2 other hikers the whole way. The falls are really pretty and easily accessible with a little rock climbing to get to the bottom of them. Nice little uphill stroll for the return trip to the car!


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