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Lakeshore Trail may be accessed from either the western or eastern side of Fontana Lake.

The Lakeshore Trail is 25 miles long. It travels across the lowlands on the north side of Fontana Lake. The trail does not weave in and out of coves, instead it cuts across the forest. There are numerous primitive camping opportunities along the route with fishing opportunities as well. The trail is on an old road and is difficult to follow at times because of many small side roads leading off the main path. There is one difficult climb over Welch Ridge but the rest of the ridges are fairly moderate. This area seems to be a haven for black bear.

Directions: From Fontana Lake, NC, On the western side of the lake, take Western Shoreline Trail to Pinnacle Creek Trail to Sugar Fork Trail and turning south on Hazel Creek Creek to reach the Lakeshore Trail along the tip of Fontana Lake. OR from Bryson City, take Fontana Lake Road northwest to the very end. It is only a few miles long. Trail begins there.

Elevation: 2,300 feet

Elevation Gain: 500 feet

Distance: 25 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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