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Richard Smith photograph Backbone Rock Hiking Trail
Rating: Easy
Elevation: 2,200'
Length: 0.5 mile
Trailhead: Backbone Rock parking lot
Managed by: Cherokee National Forest
Directions: Intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 67. Proceed north on Hwy 421 to Shady Valley crossroads, 11miles. Turn right (Hwy 133) go 9.5 miles. Park in the parking lot on the south side. There is a fee to park ($2) pay at the envelope drop. Trail starts at the back of the parking lot. Go up the steps. Once you get to the top turn right. There are no guardrails, so watch how close you get to the edge.
Notes: Backbone Rock Park has a nice picnic area alongside scenic Beaverdam Creek.

 

Backbone Falls Hiking Trail
Rating: Easy
Elevation: 2,200'
Length: 1.0 mile
Trailhead: Backbone Rock parking lot
Managed by: Cherokee National Forest
Directions: Intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 67. Proceed north on Hwy 421 to Shady Valley crossroads, 11miles. Turn right (Hwy 133) go 9.5 miles. Park in the parking lot on the south side. There is a fee to park ($2) pay at the envelope drop. On the south side, cross over Hwy 91, go south along the road for about 100'. The looping trail is on the left. There are lots of steps.
Notes: Backbone Rock Park has a nice picnic area alongside scenic Beaverdam Creek.

 

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Appalachian Trail Backbone Rock Area Doe Mountain Area
Gentry Creek Area Iron Mountain Trail

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