Blackberry Farm

Friends of the Farm

To Blackberry on Foot

A More Traditional Approach….
The friends and family of Blackberry Farm arrive here in any number of ways including by taxi, car, helicopter or private plane. We have even had the pleasure of welcoming guests on bicycles.
Long ago, however, many a traveler reached this secluded valley by way of “Shanks Mill” on foot!
We still see value in this approach today and find a way to accommodate it with our Ace Gap to Blackberry hike. You won’t be expected to share the road with busy commuters. Our journey will consist of a shuttle into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From there, you will be led back to Blackberry Farm by one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides through one of the world’s most bio-diverse areas. Your route will be on mostly level to rolling terrain, following the course of old logging roads, railroad grades, settlers’ paths and Civilian Conservation Corps trails. There are just a few stiff climbs, which will get your blood pumping!
There is something magical about that moment when you break out of the forest cover and find yourself in the quiet embrace of the cloistered meadows of the Farm. Something in your heart will say “Ah, home at last…”, and so it is:


Welcome Home, friends!
Boyd Hopkins