Bote Mountain TrailDifficult

Bote Mountain Trail

Distance (One Way)

6.6 miles

Elevation Gain

3,448 feet

Trailhead

Laurel Creek Rd.

Trail Description

Bote Mountain Trail is an uphill climb all the way to the Appalachian Trail. It connects to several other trails and is often hiked as a segment of a larger hike or an access point to the Appalachian Trail.

The Bote Mountain Trail is an old road that passes along the ridge of Bote Mountain. When the road from Cades Cove to Spence Field was built in the 1850s, Cherokee workers were asked which ridge the road should follow. The workers pointed to the mountain and said “Bote”; i.e., “I vote for that one”, except there is no “V” sound in the Cherokee language.

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Bote Mountain Trail Elevation Profile

Bote Mountain Trail Elevation Profile Tom Dunigan's Elevation Profiles

Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade

10%

Fairly Steep

Paul Petzoldt Scale

13.5

Strenuous

5

10

15

Shenandoah Scale

213

Very Strenuous

50

100

150

Trail Map

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