Injun Creek Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Old homesteads, stone walls, Cemetery, historic farming lands, creeks, views The trail begins with many creek crossing on log bridges. As you head up Injun Creek you will find an old Indian burial ground then a side trail to visit the McCarter Cemetery, passing many rock piles and stone fences. Next camp #32 where Injun Creek and Grapeyard Ridge trail cross. Go up Grapeyard trail, toward Roaring Fork, looking for a tree with very twisted branches. see pic . That tree signaled the spot to start the manway portion of the hike. This manway, in the old days, was used to get from Grapeyard Ridge to Greenbrier. Women rode sidesaddle on this trail to town. Of course the trail is now an overgrown manway but the trail is still very visible with just a few blow downs. Flollow the manway for about three miles before coming to a huge hollowed out chestnut stump. see pic. At that point take a right turn and go down a fairly steep hill. In about Ã‚Â¾ mile you will be at the 2nd parking lot you passed to the trail head. If not sure of manway, do a in/out hike.
The trailhead is just beyond the ranger station.
Beautiful hike on a narrow, woodsy trail along creek.
Great little trail. Very pretty area with small creeks and bridges. Cemetary was very nice and super interesting. Never saw the "Injun" which was disappointing but had a great time. Not a soul on the trail so a very quiet and peaceful hike. Beautiful stone walls, flowers and bridges!
What a beautiful hike with lots of history. Seen a young bear and encountered a swarm of yellow jackets. Note to self - being after bite bee spray and Benadryl on future hikes
Hiked this trail today, after hiking Porters creek to the falls. It is not a hard trail and seeing the steam engine at the end made it worthwhile. As a bonus there were many yellow trilliums just opening up. We love finding old homesites and cemeteries and there was plenty to see along this trail.
Nice moderate hike. Not over crowded. Finding all of the different things to look at is tricky. Worth it all the way
This was a nice hike. It wasn't that strenuous but there are some gradual elevations going up the trail. The McCarter Cemetery is well worth the entire hike. My GPS had the entire mileage including the trek to the cemetery at 5.57 miles.
NOT A LOOP but a great in and out hike. Don't trust the d/l track!
Ok, we started behind the Ranger station and about 1 mile in noticed the stacked stone suspected Native American graves to the right of the trail (N35 43.0102' W83 24.7231'). All along the way, you'll notice stacked stone walls around along the trail as well.
We poked around the rocks for a while and continued up another 0.2 miles and found a fork to the right that pointed to the E.E. McCarter Grave yard (N35 42.8741' W83 24.7909').
Followed the trail to the right about a quarter mile and ended up in a cool little grave yard in a clearing in the dense woods (N35 42.9349' W83 24.9586'). Well worth the side trip!
We backed out to the main trail and continued along another 0.7 miles and came to the Injun Creek camp site and just beyond it is a trail marker that points ahead and also to the right (N35 42.3816' W83 25.2440') . The downloadable track pointed to the right so off we went.
After about a half mile up the ridge we noted we were going away from the loop track we downloaded. We backtracked to where the trail and track crossed (N35 42.4752' W83 25.3809') and there was a huge downed tree there and thick brush in the direction of the d/l track. I suspect that once this tree fell, no one continued on the track and it has really overgrown. We didn't feel like bushwacking it so we went back down the ridge and to the camp site and had a snack and a rest.
While there, we met up with another hiker (who was looking for 2 missing members of their party that got separated) and he told us that the wrecked steam engine was just a bit further up the main trail so off we went. About a third of a mile straight on from the signpost we found the engine in the creek (N35 42.0775' W83 25.2975') . Also well worth the trip! After playing around the engine, we hiked straight out (about 2.4 miles back down the trail). It was a great hike and would highly recommend it.
Back at the Ranger station, the missing hikers were just being reunited with their party; seems they continued on and came out a few miles down the road after scaring their party half to death. The Ranger was quick to point out not to separate on unfamiliar trails.
Nice hike. A few stream crosses but not difficult. Did a out and back was not aware it was a loop. Found this trail in a top trails book which had it as and out and back.
We did this hike as a rest day after a long hike the day before. It was an easy hike with many shallow creek crossings. There was one tricky spot after a crossing finding which direction the trail heads. Once we reached the steam engine in the creek we were amazed at the great shape it was in. It is stamped "Made in Battle Creek Michigan" which was a treat for us since we live in Michigan. The hike was easy and passed many old home sites.
Eric and Karen
Wonderful trail. Once you get to the top & see that giant steam engine in the creek in the middle of the woods, it just amazes you. It's not rusted out or anything. Hike up to that spot, sit down for a snack & a rest and then head back. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Some good elevation changes, but nothing a moderately in shape person can't handle. Highly recommend it.