Noland Divide Trail Horseback Riding

The MOST popular equestrian trail in North Carolina.

In the 521,000 acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Noland Divide Trail descends steeply through a sub-alpine spruce-fir forest with rosebay rhododendrons, flame azaleas, mountain laurel thickets, and stands of white pine. Following the crest of a razorback ridge, it runs along the divide that separates the drainages of Deep and Noland Creeks and is best hiked in a day from north to south, ending at Deep Creek Campground.

To reach the horseback riding trailhead from Asheville take US 40 west 24 miles to US 19; head west for 23 miles to US 441, then north nine miles to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. The trailhead is on Clingmans Dome Road.

Overall, Noland Divide Trail is the 1st most popular horse trail of all 18 horseback rides in North Carolina.

Noland Divide Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  GSMNP (865) 436-1200; Backcountry Permits (865) 436-1231.

Recommended Map:  "Great Smoky Mountains National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  May - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Ocona Valley Motel, Cherokee (828) 497-4618; Mt. Leconte Lodge (865) 429-5704

Luxury Loding:  Buckhorn Inn, Gatlinburg (865) 436-4668; The Swag Cabins (800) 789-7672

Breakfast Restaurant:  Grandmas Kitchen, Cherokee; Oid Mill, Pigeon Forge

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/29/2016

ID:  11572

Noland Divide Trail Horseback Riding Map


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