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    Default Parking at Big Creek Ranger Station, GSNP

    I'm planning on doing a section hike in May, ending in the smokies. Would it be safe(ish) to leave my truck at Big Creek Ranger station for a whole week?

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    Big Creek is the recommended place to leave a vehicle, but does involve about a mile of gravel roadwalk from Davenport Gap to Big Creek. Downhill, not hard.

    Davenport Gap is generally considered unsafe.

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    What is the trip you are planning? Start and end location. If doing the AT southbound ending in that area you might as well end at Standing bear.
    If going nobo thru the smokies ending at Davenport, Big Creek is always the best suggested parking location. It is tucked back off any main roads and I have had good luck here 2 separate weekends.
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    The trailhead for Chestnut Branch Tr is right next to the Ranger's residence --can't think of a better spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DixieUP View Post
    I'm planning on doing a section hike in May, ending in the smokies. Would it be safe(ish) to leave my truck at Big Creek Ranger station for a whole week?
    as safe as anywhere

    But the ranger station has been unmanned for a few yrs i think. Thieves and vandals dont know that
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    Thank you all for the information and advice. Much appreciated!!
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    I park here all the time with no issues
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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post
    as safe as anywhere

    But the ranger station has been unmanned for a few yrs i think. Thieves and vandals dont know that
    It's seasonal. NPS personal usually are there FT starting sometime around the first or second wk of May. I'm assuming, so not 100% sure, there are NPS employees going in and out and may be manned with a Ranger in residence into Oct. I've let a car there. It's a safe as anywhere couple of times in the last 3 yrs.

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