Baxter Creek Trail (Mt. Sterling)Difficult

Baxter Creek Trail (Mt. Sterling)

Distance (One Way)

6.6 miles

Elevation Gain

4,114 feet

Trailhead

Big Creek Campground

Location

Waynesville, NC

Trail Description

Baxter Creek Trail begins at the Big Creek Campground and ascends steeply through the forest. It is one of the toughest ways to reach Mount Sterling, and some say the out and back round trip hike is one of the most difficult day hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The end of Baxter Creek Trail immediately reveals the 60 foot fire tower atop Mount Sterling, built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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Baxter Creek Trail (Mt. Sterling) Elevation Profile

Baxter Creek Trail (Mt. Sterling) Elevation Profile Tom Dunigan's Elevation Profiles

Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade

12%

Very Steep

Paul Petzoldt Scale

14.8

Strenuous

5

10

15

Shenandoah Scale

233

Very Strenuous

50

100

150

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