ElevationAscent: 1,063' 324 m
Descent: -734' -224 m
High: 3,680' 1,122 m
Low: 2,720' 829 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A great day run (looping back on Caldwell Fork Trail) full of streams and lush forests.”— Max Willner
To access this trail, runners will leave the Cataloochee Ranger Station parking area and make their way onto Caldwell Fork Trail, crossing a small footbridge across Panther Creek. In 0.8 miles, runners will eventually come to the trailhead of Boogerman Trail.
The trail is named after Robert "Booger" Palmer, who sold his land (over 250 acres) to the national park in 1929 for over $5,375. The remains of his old settlement can still be found along the trail.
Half a mile in, runners will make their way up the ridge and find a lovely view of the Cataloochee Divide. There will be another view of the divide about two miles into the trail as it follows the ridge.
A little over three miles, runners will find an old stone wall that may have been part of the old settlements.
There's a creek near the end of the trail that may require some rock-hopping, depending on the water levels. The trail ends at 4.1 miles. To complete the loop, turn right and run the 2.8 miles back to the parking area.
As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders.
Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus).
For more information on black bears, refer to this webpage.
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