Trillium Gap to Brushy Mountain Naturalist-led Hike

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Sunday April 30

8:00 AM  –  2:00 PM

On our hike, we will pass through an old-growth forest, walk behind Grotto Falls, and enjoy excellent views of the backbone of the Smokies from a heath bald (Brushy Mt). As the trail ascends the northern slope of Mt. LeConte, we will walk among large ancient hemlocks, birches, buckeyes, maples, and Carolina silverbells.

Guide: Liz Domingue


Activity Rating: Moderate - At this Branch Out hike, you will have a medium-impact experience requiring some extended periods of physical exertion.


Distance: 6.6 miles


Meeting Location: Trillium Gap Trailhead


Settings & Terrain:

•       Mountainous trails

•       Some steep ascents and descents.

•       Potential hazards, including exposed roots, downed trees, and rocks

•       Potential wildlife presence, including large fauna, insects, and snakes


Personal Considerations:

This Branch Out event is designed for hikers who:

•       are comfortable with extended periods of exertion

•       can independently navigate physically challenging and unplanned situations

•       are comfortable climbing over or under trees and crossing waterways

•       possess the skills and gear required to be safe on the trail, even during inclement weather


Recommended Gear:

•       Comfortable and sturdy shoes or boots.

•       Food and plenty of water.


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Event Disclaimer: This information has been designed to be as accurate as possible; however, all programs are subject to change for multiple reasons, including weather.




How Our Fees Work


Member Fee: $65

If you have an Individual membership and would like to bring a spouse/partner, please upgrade to a Family membership prior to ticket purchase.


Hemlock members: your discount will be applied at Checkout.

Please note: Hemlock Individual memberships are limited to one registration per Branch Out event. Hemlock Family members are limited to two registrations per Branch Out event. No-shows may result in future registration cancellations.


Guest Fee: $100

As a member, you are encouraged to bring along a guest. This fee includes admission to this event and an Individual Buckeye membership for your guest.


Non-Member Fee: Not available. Branch Out events are offered exclusively to GSMA members. Please purchase a membership prior to joining this event.


Questions about this event? Call 865.436.7318 extension 257 or 349 or email our Membership Department.

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