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Welch Ridge Trail is located back in the woods serving as a connector off the Appalachian Trail and other trails located north of the Fontana Lake area.

This multi-use trail offers a panoramic 180 degree views at its terminus near High Rocks. The elevation at this point is 5,200 feet. The trail travels along a high ridge and is considered moderate with an elevation change of 2,100 feet. The northern end of the trail reaches to the Appalachian Trail.

Directions: From Cherokee, NC, Travel to the end of Clingman's Dome Road off US 441, north of Cherokee. Begin on Forney Creek Trail and take it to Jonas Creek Trail traveling northwest to terminate at Welch Ridge Trail.

Elevation: 5,200 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet

Distance: 7.3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

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