By: Dwayne Parton

Springhouse Branch Loop in GSMNP

I’m calling this the Springhouse Branch Loop but it doesn’t really have a name. It’s about 17 miles of beautiful trail. The first 5 or so miles are not bad…but once you hit Springhouse it’s UP hill for a long ways. I started at the end of the Road to Nowhere aka Lakeview Drive. You start off by walking through the tunnel which is really creepy to walk through alone from there it’s all right hand turns. The trail is well marked and easy to follow but you should take your map just in case, it happens to the best of us. Anyhow, it took me about 6 hours to finish, I was actually about 2.5 miles away when I did the video. I’d probably plan or more time or even 2 day this trip. I’m not a super fast hiker but I don’t stop. Also don’t expect any views especially if the foliage is full. For the most part it’s a walk in the woods but 5-6 miles of that is right beside a creek.