Mile High  LbNA # 4413 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateMay 30 2003
LocationCherokee, NC
Found By knights
Last Found Aug 11 2006
Hike Distance?

Mile High

To find this letterbox, you'll have to pack your camping gear. Believe me, you won't regret this trip. Every site at the Mile High Campground has a beautiful view. Be sure to bring some warm clothes because you'll be camping in the clouds (literally).

Campground Directions: See link for directions, map and campground info( The campground is located off of the Blue Ridge Parkway of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. From the East, take 19 through Maggie Valley, enter the Blue Ridge Parkway and turn towards Cherokee. Turn right at the Masonic Marker and Balsam Mountain sign. Approximately one mile on the left is the dirt road entrance to Mile High. From the West (Cherokee or Gatlinburg), take US 441. Turn east onto the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then turn left at the Balsam Mountain sign. Campground phone# (828)497-2230 (winter) and (828)269-2945 (summer).

Letterbox Tip: Wear long pants!

Letterbox Clues:

Just pass site 19B,
You'll come to a sign you cannot read.

If you can't find it, just ask Sebastian, Driscal or Lee.
They don't know about the box, so just ask where the trail should be.

The Soco Trail is all downhill.
So be careful not to take a spill!

To the left is where you should head.
It's not well traveled, so it's a bit of a messy trail bed.

Between purple and yellow flowers is where you should walk.
About fifty feet down on the left is a mossy tree trunk.

Walk pass a clearing on the right side.
Then pass a hollowed out trunk where racoons can hide.

While out on this trail we saw tracks from a bear.
But don't worry, Old Man River says, "It's us the bears fear!"

The incline gets steep so be careful.
But don't miss a small sign way back on the right; It's pretty cool.

The sign posted be the National Parks Conservation,
Reads, "US Boundary. This divides the Cherokee Indian Reservation."

At the bottom of the hill, the trail is pretty overgrown,
But do not head to the right-where you'll end up is unknown?!!

A sharp left is what you should make.
You on the right track if you see a rock that looks like the head of a snake.

The thorn bushes lining the trail may cause a few scratches.
Oh, and don't trip over any fallen branches!

On your left is the rock of the mountainside.
On your right, a great view, so open your eyes wide.

The trail will start to flatten out.
Step over the big stone in the middle of your route.

You're getting close to your treasured destination.
Just look to your left for a huge mossy boulder with an indentation.

On its right side is a cleavage in the stone.
Remove the log, and the box will be shown!