Mount Sterling, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Mountain · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Mount Sterling is a mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains of Haywood County, North Carolina, located in the southeastern United States. It reaches an elevation of 5,842 feet (1,781 m) above sea level. The summit is topped by an abandoned fire tower that gives stunning views of other nearby peaks.
Mount Sterling crowns Mount Sterling Ridge, a 7-mile (11 km) ridge that gradually descends northward from the flanks of Big Cataloochee Mountain (on the Balsam Mountain crest) to the Pigeon River Valley. The ridge divides the Cataloochee area to the east from the Big Creek Valley (which represents the fringe of the Cosby area) to the west. The community of Waterville, North Carolina is located in the Pigeon Valley at the ridge's northern extreme. Geologically, Mount Sterling consists mainly of Precambrian metamorphic sandstone of the Ocoee Supergroup, formed nearly a billion years ago from ancient ocean sediments. The summit of Mount Sterling is surrounded by a stand of Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest.

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  • We hiked Mt Sterling from the Baxter Creek Trail head. As avid, experienced hikers, This was a new hike for us and this is our conclusion: There are so many great hikes in the Smokey’s and Pisgah...  more »
  • We are a varied group of flatlanders from northern Illinois - ranging from 5 & 8 year old girls to 67 year old grandma, and some mid 30s parents in the bunch - but we all made it to the top in about.....  more »
  • Beautiful drive through the wilderness. 4×4 recommended.
  • Highly recommend, amazing hike and view
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