Map Updates

Map Updates & Additions | 1/8/21


You can find any of the points in this e-mail by clicking the magnifying glass (search) icon on the map legend (left-hand side of the map) on the home page and typing in the name of the point.

2 new GPS routes, USFS Forest Service Roads, points of interest (things to see), campgrounds, and an outdoor shooting range have been added to the map. See the list below for details.

The points on this map are a collection of places I have visited and also that others have shared. Please respect the property rights of others and do not trespass on privately owned property or on trails or roads that are closed. The points with a gray pin are closed or inactive. When planning to travel on USFS Forest Service Roads always check the status of the road at the USFS Visitor Map as some roads are closed seasonally and some are open year-round. You can also check the USFS Forest Service Road Google Map for road status as well.

I try to keep the map updated to note when a trail or road is closed, but please reply to this e-mail or send me a message via the form on the ‘About’ page if you visit a point on the map that needs to be updated.

GPS Routes

The Great Smoky Mountains Jeep Road Trip & Off Road Adventure!

Click to learn more about this trip and download the route GPS GPX or KML files.

This is a 375-mile loop that starts at the GA/NC state line and travels through GA, NC, TN, Nantahala National Forest, and The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

It covers 33 paved roads, 5 USFS Forest Service roads, and has over 30 unique points of interest and things to see!

Murphy, NC to Deals Gap, NC

This route starts in Murphy, NC and travels across US Forest Service and paved roads to Deals Gap, NC. At Deals Gap it picks up at US Hwy 129 which is also known as the “Tail of the Dragon”. The route ends at the north entrance to the Tail of the Dragon on the TN side. This route has many interesting things to see along the way as highlighted below!

It covers 6 USFS Forest Service Roads, paved roads and multiple points of interest such as the Tail of the Dragon Scenic Overlook, Stewart Cabin Historical Site, Cheoah River Suspension Bridge & Rapids and the Cheoah Dam & Powerhouse (where a scene from the 1993 movie The Fugitive was filmed).

Forest Service Roads

Added the following Forest Service Roads in NC:

  • Forest Service Road 69 – Wayah Bald (Topton, NC)
  • Forest Service Road 308 – Beachertown (Topton, NC)
  • Forest Service Road 422 – Winding Stairs (Topton, NC)
  • Forest Service Road 711 – Winesprings Whiteoak (Topton, NC)

Points of Interest / Features

  • Whiteside Mountain Hiking Trail (Cashiers, NC)
  • Secret Falls Hiking Trail (Highlands, NC)
  • Secret Falls (Highlands, NC)
  • Stewart Cabin Historical Site (Lake Santeetlah, NC)
  • Cheoah River Suspension Bridge (Robbinsville, NC)
  • Bear Creek Rapid – Cheoah River (Robbinsville, NC)
  • Tapoco Lodge & Tavern (Tapoco, NC)
  • Cheoah Dam & Powerhouse (Robbinsville, NC)
  • Blue Hole Public Fishing Area (Robbinsville, NC)
  • Tail of the Dragon (Robinsville, NC / Tallassee, TN)
  • Tail of the Dragon Scenic Overlook (Chilhowee, TN)
  • Fields of the Wood (Murphy, NC)
  • Needmore Road Suspension Bridge (Bryson City, NC)
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center (Bryson City, NC)
  • Old Train Tunnel (Bryson City, NC)
  • Queens Creek Lake (Bryson City, NC)
  • Wishon’s Fishing Hole (Topton, NC)
  • Look Rock Hiking Trail (Tallassee, TN)
  • Look Rock Observation Tower (Tallassee, TN)
  • Foothills Parkway & Extension (Tallassee, TN)
  • Elkmont Historic District (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Chimney Tops Overlook (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Oconaluftee Valley Overlook (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Mingus Mill (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Mountain Farm Museum (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Bigfoot Statue @ Cataloochee (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Cataloochee Valley Overlook (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Jarvis Palmer House @ Cataloochee (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Palmer Chapel Methodist Church @ Cataloochee (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Beech Grove School @ Cataloochee (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Hiram Caldwell House @ Cataloochee (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Wilson Lick Ranger Station (Franklin, NC – Forest Service Road 69 – Wayah Bald)
  • Wayah Bald Summit & Lookout Tower (Franklin, NC – Forest Service Road 69 – Wayah Bald)
  • Shuckstack Fire Tower (Robbinsville, NC)


  • Lost Creek Campground (Reliance, TN)
  • Tumbling Creek Campground (Copperhill, TN)
  • Big Oak Cove Campground (Tellico Plains, TN)
  • Rough Ridge Campground (Tellico Plains, TN)
  • State Line Campground (Tellico Plains, TN)
  • Lost Mine Campground (Bryson City, NC)
  • Nelson’s Nantahala Hideaway Campground & Cabins (Topton, NC)

Outdoor Shooting Ranges

  • Dirty John Shooting Range (Topton, NC)

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