Loop Trail

Goldmine Loop Trail

Goldmine Loop Trail at Fontana Lake
3.0 ml
1.5 hr
780 ft

The Road to Nowhere, Goldmine Loop Trail is a 3-mile-long adventure that takes you on a scenic journey. Prepare to ascend roughly 780 ft as you make your way along the trail. The hike begins with a walk through the 365-foot paved two-lane tunnel. It’s dark in the middle so bring a flashlight. You will be following the Goldmine Loop Trail down to Fontana Lake. The highlight? Getting to see the stunning lake from this vantage point. This trail is worth every step for the breathtaking views and a memorable outdoor experience. This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, wildflower viewing, and horseback riding. Generally considered a moderately challenging route.

Remember to keep the pups at home because this trail is in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and no dogs are allowed on the trails.