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Long Hungry Ridge Trail



4.6 mile 7.4 kilometer point to point
76% Runnable


Ascent: 2,283' 696 m
Descent: -43' -13 m
High: 4,589' 1,399 m
Low: 2,336' 712 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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Trail shared by Max Willner

A beautiful ridge trail that goes from Gregory Bald southbound and downhill towards several creeks.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Reservations must be made for backcountry campsites. For more information, the GSMNP backcountry office can be contacted at (865) 436-1297 between the hours of 8 and 5 Eastern Time. Backcountry permits can be purchased online.


At the northern end of this trail is a fork that connects to Gregory Bald Trail and Gregory Ridge Trail. The trails mostly follows the Long Hungry Ridge before dipping downhill towards Campsite 92. There are ample opportunities to gather water from small streams along this trail, depending on recent rainfall in the mountains. Just south of Campsite 92 is a fork in the trail - runners can take Twentymile Loop Trail back to Wolf Ridge Trail, south along Twentymile Trail back to the Twentymile Ranger Station, or east towards the Shuckstack Fire Tower (and the Appalachian Trail (AT)).

Flora & Fauna

Flowering plants bloom between March and July. In the fall, leaves begin to change color around September and continue through November. Two of the most common trees in this area are the mountain laurels (Kalmia latinfolia) and umbrella magnolias (Magnolia tripetala). The flame azaleas atop Gregory Bald are especially beautiful, and can be found in full bloom from mid- to late June.

As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders.

For more information on black bears in the Smokies, refer to this webpage.

Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus).

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The Great Smoky Mountains are also known as "salamander capital of the world," and for good reason. There are over 30 species to be found here, including this little one!
Mar 24, 2016 near Robbins…, NC
Twenty Mile Creek at Campsite 92. with permission from Mike Lerch
Apr 1, 2016 near Robbins…, NC
Twentymile Trail near the Long Hungry Ridge Trail Junction. with permission from Mike Lerch
Mar 25, 2016 near Robbins…, NC
Long Hungry Ridge Trail north of Proctor Field Gap. with permission from Mike Lerch
Apr 1, 2016 near Robbins…, NC
Junction of the Long Hungry Ridge Trail and Gregory Bald Trail. with permission from Mike Lerch
Apr 1, 2016 near Robbins…, NC
Long Hungry Ridge Trail. with permission from Mike Lerch
Apr 1, 2016 near Robbins…, NC


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