Noah Bud Ogle Place Nature Trail
ElevationAscent: 83' 25 m
Descent: -80' -24 m
High: 2,310' 704 m
Low: 2,239' 682 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A scenic trail past an old homestead that houses a controversial piece of Smoky Mountain history.”— Ken Wise
Above the cabin is a four-crib log barn with lofts and a high frame roof. The lower part of the barn is constructed of large poplar logs that are, like many pioneer structures in the Smokies, joined at the corners with dove-tailed notching.
In the 1920s when the Tennessee Park Commission was acquiring land for the newly proposed national park, the 660-acre Jungle tract was one parcel that went to a “jury of view” of four persons who valued the land about $140,000 less than its owner demanded. When this decision was appealed, a full jury reduced the legal value another $15,000. The owner received about $26 per acre for the land, hardly enough to cover the cost of the lawyers who represented him. Jungle, like much of the land in the Smokies, essentially was stolen. It was the contention of many landowners in the Smokies that the Park Commission, through legal manipulation, had acquired their land for scandalous prices. As a result, there was considerable enmity between many of the local residents and the Park Commission.
This content was contributed by author Ken Wise. For a comprehensive hiking guide to the Great Smoky Mountains and to see more by Ken, click here.
Land Manager: NPS - Great Smoky Mountains National Park