Honey Creek Loop Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Allardt, TN that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a tough and technical trail. There are several rock houses and waterfalls which make the hike very worth while. Additionally the natural, undisturbed beauty of the area is very good reason to hike this trail. There are several points where you may ask yourself if you are going the right way. Trail blazes on this trail are random arrows, blazes of green. There are several boulder scrambles, and points in the trail where you hike in or over creek beds. There are plenty of campsites along this trail but some of the boulder crawls will make it tough to carry a backpack for camping. There are a couple of ladders to climb as well, once you reach the overlook area. The trail length is approximately 5.6 miles for the full loop. However with the different spur trails to take, it becomes more like 6 miles. It is recommended that you calculate at least an hour for every mile. This is mostly because there is so much to see and do along the trail that you will want to take it all in. Bring plenty of water and if it's been raining recently bring extra clothing. You will likely get wet.
One of my all-time favorite trails in BSFNRRA. Waterfalls, rockhouses, and gorgeous overlooks - scenery changes every few feet - trail has it all. Would not recommend for pets or young kids. Slow going with rock scrambles, and you will get very wet if water is up because parts of trail follow in creek bed. Can break into two, shorter 2.5-3 hour hikes if you park at trailhead, end at metal ladders and walk gravel road back, or vice versa, to do loops on each side of the road separately. Take a map - trail is poorly marked in many areas, easy to lose. Look for painted arrows on rocks. Worth it to stop & explore!
strenuous hike, really beautiful
If you're going to camp, pack light. Do not carry large packs unless you are conditioned to do so. We did this hike on a relatively cool night in August (70 degrees at night) carrying about 100 pounds of camera and camping equipment. My photographer friend suffered pretty bad heat exhaustion and dehydration because it was so rough; thankfully there are plenty of creeks and streams with water if you carry a filter. Be ware, I wouldn't recommend trying to hike this trail with tripods, sliders and large lenses. The trail markers are hard to find at times because of blowdowns but look for the orange spray painted arrows on rocks to help at times and study the map before hand. Download the alltrails map to track yourself or use a GPS if you need to. Overall this hike was beautiful and one of the most challenging around.
Awesome hike, it was scenic and strenuous. Very rewarding. It was confusing and poorly marked. The ranger told me people steal trail markers. We did get off on another trail and it ended up being a lot longer hike for us.
Very strenuous hike! The lack of consistent trail markers mixed with all the small places to explore and climb make it a real adventure. We did a day hike but it could be fun to take it slow and camp over night. There were plenty of stops along the way with fire pits and tent spots.
This hike has been my favorite out of the number of trails I've done so far! Luckily the water was low which made the hike much easier. This hike wasn't just a trail to a pretty view and back, the entire loop was a blast and felt like a scene from a movie! Lots of climbing and beautiful views and we even stopped to swim in the creek/river. So worth it!
Great hike! The only problem we had was that some of the trail was poorly marked and it was easy to go on a wrong path, but other than that it was well worth it.
Great sights. Best hike I've been on yet, my only gripe is the trail markers could be better.
Well, this was my very first real hike. I started with the most extreme! It was really worth it, but extremely difficult for a beginner such as myself. The hardest part was the length. It goes up and down a lot in elevation and you're constantly looking at your feet placement. But, the landmarks are amazing and I'm glad that I did it!
The best hike we have ever been on. Pay close attention to the markers.
one of the best trails in the state!
Like many others said the trail markers are tough to find and at around the halfway point we were thrown of course because the trail literally goes across the creek and you have to boulder jump to get across. Aside from that one hiccup, by far the best trail I've ever hiked in Tennessee. There is literally so much to see and so many awe inspiring sites! There was something new to discover around every turn. Climbed up to the overlook to have a perfect midday snack. My fiancé and I finished the hike in 4:30, and by no means are we expert hikers. We're already planning on our next trip to hike it again!
This trail is by far the best trail we have been on since our move to TN. It has literally everything: waterfalls, Boulder 'scrambles,' tunnels between rocks, an overlook, rivers, streams, brooks, cascades, caves, and just an all-round beautiful (but difficult) trail. I wouldn't take small children on this trail, and allow around 6 hours if you want to have photo ops, exploration time, and a nice lunch break. Dogs are allowed on leash. Camping is allowed with back country permit. We went in early Feb and there was some ice on the rocks to be careful of- but not too much.