Bullhead Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Bullhead Trail is an American hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Sevier County, Tennessee. The trail ascends Mount Le Conte, the tallest [1] (and sixth highest) mountain east of the Mississippi River and offers outstanding views before joining the Rainbow Falls Trail before terminating near the LeConte Lodge.

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  • Our months long plan to arrive at Lecont Lodge via Alum Cave Trail was thwarted by a temporary closure of Newfound Gap Road. That was a blessing in disguise. Instead, we headed for Bullhead Trail. The first bit had me figuring we wouldn't see much more than the burned out remains of the Chimneys fire of 2016. But once we got high enough, the views were stunning. I think this was by far better than my last hike via Alum. In the 6.8 miles we hiked, we encountered only 3 other hikers. The solitude alone was worth it, and was only made even better with the spectacular views. Not to mention all the flowers sprouting to life from the scorched ground. Part of the beauty of the trail is actually because of the fire, as it now affords those great views in some spots. If you're on the fence about what trail to use, skip the crowds at Alum and Rainbow and take this route.
  • Surreal landscape of burnt out trees from the wildfire and views that rival any others in the park. One of the five maintained trails to the summit of Mt Leconte and a must hike for any serious hiker. It is strenuous!

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