With remarkable views of Bryson City and surrounding Great Smoky Mountains it’s easy to see why Lonesome Pine is a local favorite and one of our favorites too. The 7 mile hike is the perfect day hike, but be ready for a steady climb, gaining 2300 ft. in total, averaging at just under 700 ft. per mile. Just know the view is worth it.
The hike begins from the Noland Divide Trail Trailhead in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trailhead is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from Bryson City Outdoors and downtown. Need help getting there? Feel free to call us. 828.342.6444
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Lonesome Pine is the perfect trail for anybody seeking some solitude. The trail jumps right into a steady ascent which may be a deterrent for families with smaller children and people looking for an easy stroll through the woods, meaning the trail is generally uncrowded. While not the hardest trek around, Lonesome Pine is an intermediate hike that requires a certain degree of fitness.
Along the way, depending on the time of year, you’ll see beautiful wildflowers and plant-life, more so in the summer than winter, when the leaves have fallen and you can watch the surrounding mountain sink as you climb to the overlook. You might even catch a glimpse of some deer or other wildlife!
As you approach the top via the ridge be sure to turn around and check out the view. Also be on the lookout for a spur trail on your left that cuts out toward the Lonesome Pine overlook, as the sign has fallen over. Be sure to pack snacks, water, your camera and wear appropriate footwear for a day of hiking.
If you’re still feeling good, the Noland Divide Trail continues another 8 miles up to Clingmans Dome, one of the most popular lookouts in the Smoky Mountains. Let us know what some of your favorite hikes in the area are!