Schoolhouse Gap Trail (Whiteoak Sink)Easy

Laurel Creek Rd / Townsend, TN

Easy
Schoolhouse Gap Trail (Whiteoak Sink)

Distance (One Way)

2.1 miles

Elevation Gain

500 feet

Trailhead

Laurel Creek Rd

Location

Townsend, TN

Trail Description

Schoolhouse Gap Trail is located just northeast of Cades Cove in Townsend, TN. It is most commonly associated with spring wildflowers and White Oak Sinks. It intersects with Scott Mountain Trail, Chestnut Top Trail, Turkeypen Ridge, and Bote Mountain Trail across Laurel Creek Road. You can find the trailhead off Laurel Creek Road just opposite the true trailhead for Bote Mountain Trail.

At the 1.1 mile marker you will reach the intersection with Turkeypen Ridge Trail. Just past this junction on the left is an unmarked side trail for Whiteoak Sink, an area with a waterfall and cave. The spur trail is about a mile long. During wildflower season (April through early May) the Great Smoky Mountains National Park implements group size limits to Whiteoak Sink to reduce the effects of trampling flowers to protect the sensitive species. The area around the cave is blocked off to protect the Little Brown Bat population.

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Schoolhouse Gap Trail (Whiteoak Sink) Elevation Profile

Schoolhouse Gap Trail (Whiteoak Sink) Elevation Profile Tom Dunigan's Elevation Profiles

Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade

5%

Gentle Slope

Paul Petzoldt Scale

3.1

Easy

5

10

15

Shenandoah Scale

46

Easiest

50

100

150

Trail Map

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