Schoolhouse Gap Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
This trail is a nice walk thru the mountains. This is a great walk for families with toddlers/young children. There is nothing spectacular about the trail but it is pleasant and easy to navigate. The vegetation is very pretty and the presence of bears is everywhere.
Was a relatively easy hike with almost nothing at the end. Best part was when we arrived and got out of the car, a buck approached the parking lot and I was able to snap a few photos.
This was a great trail for a mid-afternoon hike. The views were somewhat blocked by foliage. But it was very peaceful.
Easy hike to park boundary with some nice views, though as another commenter said, winter would allow larger vistas. The Whiteoak Sink area is currently posted as off-limits for hikers to reduce bat habitat disturbance and I suppose an attempt to limit the spread of bat white-nose syndrome. See this link: https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/news/wns-whiteoak-sink-closure.htm, though apparently the trail closure has been extended beyond the original March 2016 to include this fall and winter.
Hiked this trail October 9, 2016. Nice trail - I think it would be a better winter hike so you can see the views without trees in the way.
This trail was great for hiking with a preschooler and a toddler. They loved walking down to the water to watch it flow and throw pebbles in to see a splash. There were plenty of opportunities to see fish, dragonflies, butterflies and flowers.
School House Gap is a relatively easy hike. Shared with horseback riding.
Rainy afternoon in the fall
Good trail, easy to traverse. We went to the end ant took Chestnut Ridge to the right. It was a smaller trail with great views.
Nice hike. Beautiful in the spring with all the wildflowers!
The mountain laurel was in full bloom. Loved it! Great for the whole family.