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Baxter Creek Trail (Mt. Sterling)Difficult

Baxter Creek Trail (Mt. Sterling)

Distance (One Way)

6.6 miles

Elevation Gain

4,114 feet


Big Creek Campground


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

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