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Hemphill Bald

This hike begins at Polls Gap and follows an old logging road. It is a gradual climb and a 9.5 mile round trip to Hemphill Bald. At the beginning of this trail there are fantastic views of the Caldwell Fork Valley and surrounding mountains. Many hikers hike just a mile or two up this trail to witness these views.If you decide to continue on to Hemphill Bald you will travel through a dense forest and beds of wildflowers.

This trail follows the border of the park and passes by a long split rail fence that was installed by the Civilian Conservation Corp. This fence is in surprisingly good shape considering that it was installed in the 1930's. After hiking four and a quarter miles the trail passes by the very large and open Hemphill Bald.  A great picnic spot, if you don't mind the presence of cows and their accoutrements, it offers views of Maggie Valley and the neighboring mountains.To get there turn left after exiting Mile High Campground.

After entering the park,  travel to Polls Gap the first trailhead parking on the right. Facing the three trails here take the trail to your immediate right.

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