BMT: Sections 24a (US 441 at Smokemont to Hughes Ridge Trail)
ElevationAscent: 2,643' 806 m
Descent: -25' -8 m
High: 4,818' 1,469 m
Low: 2,201' 671 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“The section of the Benton MacKaye Trail from Smokemont Campground to Hughes Ridge Trail.”— Richard Harris
Trail Description: At the bridge over the river, the entrance to the Smokemont Campground at mile 254.7, the BMT heads straight up the hill to the Primitive Baptist Church, skirts the campground, then turns north (left) meeting the Bradley Fork Trail at mile 256.4. Backcountry permits can be obtained using the phone at the Backcountry Registration kiosk at the entrance to the campground. The Bradley Fork Trail is a gently rising old roadbed along the stream. At mile 257.1 the Chasteen Creek Trail junction is reached. Turn right onto this trail, and soon you'll reach the Lower Chasteen Creek Campsite #50 at mile 257.2. The lower one mile of this trail is often muddy. At mile 257.8 there is a side trail to a Chasteen Creek Cascade. Soon thereafter, the trail begins to climb steadily on a narrow hill-hugging trail. Upper Chasteen Creek Campsite #48 at mile 259.4. The trail continues to climb steeply to Hughes Ridge Trail and the intersection with the Hughes Ridge Trail at mile 261.1.
Campsites: Smokemont is a developed campground for vehicular use. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made online atrecreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. A phone for contacting the Backcountry Reservations Desk is available in the campground at the ranger station. The Lower Chasteen Creek Campsite #50 (reservations required) is at mile 257.2, the Upper Chasteen Creek Campsite #48 is at mile 259.4.
Water Sources: Water is available at the campsites and numerous places along the creek. Once the Chasteen Creek Trail leaves the creek and heads toward to top of the ridge, water is scarce.
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Land Manager: NPS - Great Smoky Mountains National Park