Honey Creek Loop Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Allardt, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used 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 that is not well marked. 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.
4 stars because of the poor markings towards the end of the trail. We didn't have much trouble finding our way for the majority of the trail, but in the last 2 miles, we had no idea if we were going the right way or not... it was super confusing and uncertain, but worked out OK. The hike was gorgeous and packed with tons of adventure. This was one of our favorite hikes and we highly recommend it. I wouldn't suggest hiking this one alone due to the confusing markings.
We loved the trail until we missed a turn and ended up hiking six miles on the wrong trail. Luckily a group on ATVs saved our butts!
The only reason it's not a 5 star rating is because the signage and blazing are bogus for much of the hike. Also some of the maps do not agree. But if you enjoy trying to decipher where the trailhead actually is (hint: it's NOT where the sign says it is) and occasionally having to search for blazes, it might be fun. Scenery is gorgeous and the rock formations are staggering at times. Some very nice campsites for hammocks too. Will likely do again just for the area around the overlook. Enjoyed the rope climbs and squeezing through caves.
Beautiful and unique trail. I need to go back after a few good rains. There was little water flow and no waterfalls. But the rock formations and shallow caves throughout were amazing! Take the trail counter clockwise for a slightly easier hike. But even then it will still be a difficult hike.
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.