Moderate to Strenuous Hike

4.3 miles –

Naked-Ground-Trail-Joyce-Kilmer

The Naked Trail began as a Cherokee trading path and is most popular with overnight backpackers because of the campsite located at the trail’s namesake. The trail rises up at 0.3 miles up the trail on the right-hand side of the creek (away from the creek). At this point, there is a backward fork 40 feet before the forward fork. The path, usually signed, leads to the right and uphill back behind you is the 0.9 mile Jenkins Meadow Connector. At the next fork, the path continuing to the right is the main trail. DO NOT take the path to the left- this is the old alternate trail and is no longer in service.

You will discover beautiful hardwoods along this trail and the walking uphill is fairly easy, paralleling Little Santeetlah Creek. A large hollow Poplar tree at 1.9 miles makes a great rest stop. The trail is an easy walk to mile 3.1 then begins a steep ascent to its summit at Naked Ground and the junction with Haoe Lead and Slickrock.  Turn right on Haoe for Hangover and Jenkins Meadow and left for Bob Stratton trail.