Hangover Lead Trail

At A Glance

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5.6 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 5.6
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Moderately Rough
Trail Number: 56


Hangover Lead Trail is often described in "North" and "South" sections, as the trailhead is in the middle of this interior trail. The Big Fat Gap Trailhead is at the end of the 7 mile long Forest Service Road #62. This road starts across a bridge over the Cheoah River on Route 129 in Graham County, 14 miles north of Robbinsville. Properly called Slickrock Creek Road, it is known locally as Big Fat Gap Road. At the trailhead, Hangover Lead "North" Trail leaves on the right hand side of the parking area. Hangover Lead "South" leaves on the left. Additionally, the Big Fat Trail and Windy Gap Trail also leave from this trailhead.

Hangover Lead "North", 3.0 miles long, ascends steeply over Cold Spring Knob, then generally descends along the ridge, ending in a very steep descent into Yellow Hammer Gap, at a junction with the Belding and Tapoco Trails. From that Gap, the trail descends 100 feet to terminate at the Ike Branch Trail Junction.

Hangover Lead "South", 2.6 miles, ascends steeply along the ridge to a junction with Hangover Lead Alternate and Deep Creek Trails, then heading south 0.2 miles to terminate at the Haoe Lead Trail, very near the summit of Haoe. This section offers many great views along its length.

Intersecting Trails

  • Ike Branch
  • Yellow Hammer Gap
  • Belding
  • Big Fat
  • Hangover Alternate
  • Deep Creek
  • Haoe Lead
  • Windy Gap
  • This trail is located in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness trails list page.

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    Trail Segments

    Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

    Hangover Lead - Haoe Lead Tr. to Deep Creek Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 0.19 mi

    Hangover Lead - Deep Creek Tr. to Hangover Alt Spur

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 380 ft

    Hangover Lead - Hangover Alt Spur to Big Fat Deep Gap

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 2.9 mi

    Hangover Lead - Big Fat Deep Gap to Yellow Hammer Gap Tr.

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 2.27 mi

    Hangover Lead - Yellow Hammer Gap to Belding

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 123 ft

    Hangover Lead - Belding to Ike Branch

    • Allowed Uses: Hiking
    • Length: 130 ft

    Total Calculated Length: 5.48 mi

    This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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