|Range/Region:||Blue Ridge Mountains|
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Knoxville, TN|
|Convenient Center:||Gatlinburg, TN|
Thanks to Jim Bardin for adding this peak.
This is the third highest peak within the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, and the highest that is accessible only on foot. There is a very rustic lodge at the summit, but reservations are required months (sometimes years) in advance to stay there. There are also crew quarters with the lodge, and supplies must either be helicoptered in or carried up via lama. There are several trails leading to the summit; the most heavily traveled begins at a marked trailhead on Newfound Gap Road and ascends via Alum Cave Bluffs. The bluffs are a large cavernous area dug into the mountain by the Confederate Army to obtain alum for gunpowder. This trail is five miles in length from Newfound Gap Road to the summit, and during that five miles, the gain in altitude is approximately one mile.
Thanks to Jim Bardin for this description.