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Swain County North Carolina Hiking Trails

Hazel Creek Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Before the area was flooded in the forming of Fontana Lake, Highway 288 connected some of the towns in the area. Hazel Creek Trail travels along the the section of old 288 on the north shore where the road and towns were abandoned. Following Hazel Creek, Hazel Creek Trail reaches Proctor Backcountry Campsite #86 (capacity 20) at 0.5 mile, and Sawdust Pile Campsite #85 (capacity 20) at mile 3.3. At 5 miles Hazel Creek Trail reaches a junction with Sugar Fork Trail and Sugar Fork Campsite #84 (capacity 8).  Bone Valley Trail & Bone Valley Campsite #83 (capacity 20) at mile 5.6.

At mile 8.6 Hazel Creek Trail arrives at the Calhoun Camp Campsite #82 (capacity 15). At 9.5 miles the trail reaches the junction of Hazel Creek and Walker Creek. Proctor Creek and Proctor Creek Campsite #81 (capacity 15) is reached at mile 10.5 while mile 13.5 brings the hiker to Hazel Creek Cascades Campsite #80 (capacity 12).
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