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Jump Off near Newfound Gap
- Trail Location: Newfound Gap
- Distance: 6.5 Miles RT
- Elevation Gain: 1275 Feet
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Highest Point: 6,225′ above sea level
Description taken from the High in the Smokys website.
The hike to the Jump Off begins from the Newfound Gap parking area. Hikers will travel eastbound along the Appalachian Trail to reach this rock outcropping. The steady climb over the course of the first two miles of this hike will quickly leave the crowds behind at Newfound Gap.
Just before reaching the Sweat Heifer Creek Trail junction, roughly 1.7 miles from the trailhead, be sure to take in the outstanding views of Mount LeConte and Myrtle Point towards the northwest.
Throughout several portions of the hike you’ll be traveling at elevations hovering around 6000 feet. Being at the highest point along this narrow ridge, with stunning views on either side of the trail, you’ll feel like you’re walking on the spine of the Appalachian Mountains.
At just over 2.7 miles from the trailhead you’ll arrive at the Boulevard Trail junction. Hikers should turn left here.
Less than a tenth-of-a-mile after turning onto the Boulevard Trail you’ll reach the junction for the Jump-Off. Although this side trail is not an official national park trail, it is marked with a sign. And though it has a few rugged sections, the route is easy to follow.
Our Previous Hikes
August, 2015 We parked at Newfound Gap and walked the Appalachian Trail to the Jump Off Rock junction where we turned right. The trail out to the rock is short and runs thru the forest. It is a favorite for day hikers in the Smokys.