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Swain County North Carolina Hiking Trails

Flat Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Length: 2.5  miles

Flat Creek Trail is isolated from other trails around the Balsam Mountain Area, but it is exceptionally beautiful and makes a wonderful day hike. This creek headwater trail is moderate in difficulty, descending 400 feet in 2.5 miles.

Flat Creek Trail begins near Balsam Mountain Campground at the Heintooga Picnic Area, where there is an outstanding lookout at the far end of the grounds. Following Flat Creek through open grassy forest, a gradual, almost level, path leads 2 miles to Flat Creek Falls and a view of the middle ridge of the Smoky Mountains.


From Blue ridge Parkway turn onto Heintooga Road and go 8.3 miles to the Balsam Mtn. Campground. From there it is 0.6 miles to the Heintooga Picnic Area.

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