Boogerman Trail • Smoky Mountains:
A moderately challenging 7.4 mile (round-trip) hike. Travels through old growth forest, picturesque streams and falls, and the remains of early settler's homesites. Plan on roughly three hours, depending on your skill level. The trail head is in the Cataloochee section on the North Carolina side of the Mountains, which is a little more difficult to get to but well worth the trip!
Elevation:Climb of approximately 800 ft. to an altitude of 3,600 ft.
Point of Departure:After following the directions to Cove Creek Road, follow the signs to the Caldwell Fork Trail.
The Boogerman Trail Hike is a great place to get away from the congestion and traffic of the tourists on the Tennessee side of the Smokies. Quiet, Peaceful and serene describe the hike on Boogerman Trail!
The trail is well maintained and this hike offers up views of some of the largest trees in the area, old homesites and mountain streams.
From the trail head on Caldwell Fork Trail. Cross Cataloochee Creek on a footbridge When the trail splits stay to the right and climb a narrow edge along Caldwell Fork. You'll cross Caldwell Fork on a footbridge and enter an area of old-growth trees that were spared in early times logging operations. At mile 2.8, you will encounter the Palmer Boogerman's homesite for whom the trail is named.
At mile 3.8, the trail turns down to the right and around a rock wall. From here you cross a small stream and enter some clearings, old fence posts and artifacts which indicate where an old homestead previously existed.
At about the 5 mile marker you will once again cross Snake Branch, and as you enter an area of towering hemlocks you cross the Caldwell Fork several times using log footbridges. The stream offers up picturesque views and several waterfalls.
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