The first hostel on the north bound exit out of the Smokey Mountains is Standing Bear Farm. Enjoy a 7 mile out of control sprint out of Smokey Mountain National Park. All the way down to frozen pizza and cold drinks.
Don’t forget to drop your other Smokey Mountains permit in the box at the bottom.
Cross the Pigeon River and turn right. Oddly, the only place the AT can be a little confusing is when it decides to take a dogleg on a road.
Cross under highway 40, this feels like the first time I’ve seen the path cross a major road. Either take the AT or walk up the gravel road and stay at a great laid back hostel with bunks for $20 and all the usual amenities.
All the guys that run the place are a hoot. You’ll likely enjoy talking to them.
Take a tour and get the low down about Standing Bear Farm below.