Summary: Your hike will begin on the Forney Ridge Trail but after 0.1 mi take Clingmans Bypass Trail to the right. This trail will intersect with the AT in 0.5 mi then turn left on AT. From Mt Buckley you will descend over 1000' but have your camera ready for there are many fine views over the next 3.8 mi. Turn left on Welch Ridge Trail. This will provide easy ridge walking and keep an eye to your left in the blueberry patches and you might be lucky enough to see a few bears enjoying this flat grassy area. Just pass the Hazel Creek Trail is Jonas Creek Trail to the left. From here you descend over 2000' and before reaching Campsite #70 (home for the night) you may have a few creek crossing to rock hop. Day 2 will be a test as you gain over 4000' in the next 8.5 mi from Forney Creek Trail to Forney Ridge Trail. It is very scenic with streams and cascades so take your time and enjoy. When you finally intersect with the Forney Ridge Trail turn right for the last climb out.
Trailhead: From Gatlinburg; 441 South to Newfound Gap ( approximately 20 miles), turn right on Clingmans Dome Road (just past Newfound Gap Parking Area). Then 7 miles to Clingmans Dome Parking Area. Trailhead to left of paved walkway that leads to Clingmans Dome Overlook. Trail name is Forney Ridge Trail.
*****Road Closed Dec 1-Mar 31*****
No reservation need but fill out a free backcountry permit at SVC
Backcountry Info: 865-436-1297 (Lat:35.55697 Lon:-83.49615)
Trail Guides for Forney Creek Loop :
Day & Overnight hikes in GSMNP
by Johhny Malloy (Menasha Ridge Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Sugarland Visitors Center 865-436-1200
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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