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Forneys Creek in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Western View

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 
 
Western View Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, November 20, 2010
1. Western View Marker
Inscription.  Looking west you can track the course of the North Carolina-Tennessee boundary. Through most of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the state boundary also marks the course of the Appalachian Trail, which passes just below this tower. The trail leaves the boundary near Gregory Bald, cutting south toward Shuckstack.

One of the longest footpaths in the world, the Appalachian Trail extends more than 2,100 miles (3380) between Georgia and Maine. In the spring northbound “thru-hikers,” who are attempting the entire trail, usually pause here to enjoy the view. At 6,643 feet (2025m), Clingmans Dome is the trail’s highest point.

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The Appalachian Trail’s highest altitudes and some of its most spectacular views occur in the Smokies.

Available at park visitor centers or by contacting the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

Cheoah Bald
Distance: 19mi/31km

Snowbird Mountain
Distance: 30mi/48km

High Rocks
Distance: 8.2mi/13.2km

Shuckstack
Distance: 18mi/29km

Gregory Bald
Distance: 21mi/34km

Thunderhead
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Mountain
Distance: 12mi/19km
Elevation: 5527ft/1685m

Cades Cove(behind ridge)
Distance: 18mi/29km
Elevation: 1716ft/523m

Blanket Mountain
Distance: 7.7mi/12km
Elevation: 4609ft/1405m

Cove Mountain
Distance: 11mi/18km
Elevation: 4077ft/1243m
 
Erected by Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 35° 33.777′ N, 83° 29.91′ W. Marker is in Forneys Creek, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker can be reached from Clingmans Dome Road, 7 miles west of U.S. 441, on the right when traveling west. Mark is located at the Clingmans Dome overlook 0.5 miles north of the Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bryson City NC 28713, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northern View (here, next to this marker); Eastern View (a few steps from this marker); Southern View (a few steps from this marker); The Top of the Smokies (approx. 0.4 miles away); And It Became Land (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mountains: Refuge and Healing (approx. half a mile away); Indian Gap Road (approx. 4.3 miles away in Tennessee); Spared the Saw (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Forneys Creek.
Western View Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, November 20, 2010
2. Western View Marker

 
Also see . . .  Great Smoky Mountains National Park. National Park Service (Submitted on August 18, 2017.) 
 
Western View Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, November 20, 2010
3. Western View Marker
Western View Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, November 20, 2010
4. Western View Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2017, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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