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Noah “Bud” Ogle Nature Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

The Noah “Bud” Ogle Nature Trail, located on Cherokee Orchard Road, 2.6 miles from U.S. 441’s traffic light #8, offers hikers a glimpse into the early history of mountain people—you can explore an old log home and barn, an old tub mill and sluice way, and the beauty of the nearby forest and boulder strewn stream.

The self-guiding nature trail starts behind the cabin, where it winds its way through a forest of large hemlock and yellow-poplar to the banks of LeConte Creek—situated by the creek is the Ogle Tub Mill and sluice way, operating today just as it did in the 1800’s.

After leaving the tub mill, a place where you will most likely linger for an hour or so, continue hiking the loop in a counter-clockwise direction, taking care to watch your footing in the rockier sections of the trail—eventually, you will find yourself back at the “Bud” Ogle Place where you can explore the restored cabin and barn.


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