Boogerman Loop Trail

  • Fall Foliage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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Fall Foliage

7.4 (miles)



~1035 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

North CarolinaTennessee

Great Smoky Mountains

Boogerman Loop is a moderate kid friendly day hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This rewarding hike crosses mountain streams through old growth forest saturated with wildflowers and wildlife. Along the way hikers will pass by the Robert “Boogerman” Palmer home site just over two miles into the hike. A little ways up the trail hikers reach a long stonewall, which is apart of the Carson Messer homestead. There is plenty of camping available in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


At one time Robert “Boogerman” Palmer owned much of the land hikers pass through on this trail. According to legend, when Robert was a school child his teacher asked him… “Robert what do you want to be when you grow up?” To which the youthful spirit replied without hesitation…. “The Boogerman.” Which is an obvious reference to the mythical “Bogeyman” who frightens children who misbehave.

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Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Great Smoky Mountains National Park 107 Park Headquarters Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738

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