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Looking to Backpack a bit near Knoxville, TN any suggestions?
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Robert Justice
(rjustice7) - F

Locale: Central Texas Hill Country
Looking to Backpack a bit near Knoxville, TN any suggestions? on 05/16/2011 14:08:40 MDT Print View

Hey Y'all,

In June I will be visiting my father and younger sister in Tennessee. They live in a very small community known as Sharp's Chapel, just North of Knoxville by about 40 - 45 minutes. It is right next to the Norris Lake/Clinch River area judging by an online topo map.

Any suggestions on where I could put in a good overnighter? At most it would be a 2 night trip, but I don't see that happening. I'd like to take my little sister out on a trip somewhere relatively local. Does anyone know much about the area around the lake?

Thanks so much,


Ryan Tucker
(BeartoothTucker) - M
Big South Fork on 05/16/2011 14:59:54 MDT Print View

Big South Fork might be a decent option.

Brian Gentry
(Treegreen) - F
Backpack a bit near Knoxville... on 05/16/2011 15:28:53 MDT Print View

Knoxville is also very close to Smoky Mountain National Park, for example Cades Cove is about an hour away. Others include places like Frozen Head State Park, Cherokee National Forest, and Big Ridge National Forest. Having grown up in Knoxville I always look forward to getting back into the Smoky Mountains when I have time to visit.

Robert Justice
(rjustice7) - F

Locale: Central Texas Hill Country
Thanks on 05/16/2011 18:41:36 MDT Print View

Thanks for the info! Unfortunately I won't be up there long enough to get a really good trip in, but doing the research on these areas gives me a lot of future ideas! Especially in the Smoky Mountains National Park or in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

For this trip I'll probably be able to hit Big Ridge as it's only about 15 or so minutes from Sharp's Chapel. Either way I'm going to do some fishing and an overnight somewhere! Maybe I'll find a way to do some canoeing or kayaking in Big Ridge!

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
Knoxville hiking on 05/17/2011 09:47:53 MDT Print View

Big South Fork is a fun lesser know option. Several good overnight options there.
Smokies are always nice and so close to Knoxville. You can take I-40 right to Big Creek or Cosby entries. Both are uncrowded and can be reached easily. Both have some really nice hiking options. Out of Cosby there is a nice virgin stand and easy AT ridge access. You can also reach a really cool little tower at Mt. Cammerer. Out of Big Creek the Big Creek walk to Walnut Bottoms is nice and you can head up to the tower at Mt. Sterling.
Also, from I-40 you can go north on the AT thru Hot Springs and the Max Patch bald.
Have fun.