Schoolhouse Gap Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, TN 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 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.
This trail is very easy and just meh. I knew going into it that there is no big payoff (it ends at a picnic table and someone's private residence). I was looking for something quick on last minute. The trail is very wide, runs a long a small creek for part of the way. No spectacular views or gorgeous wildlife. It is about 5 miles round trip and great for beginners. It's not a terrible hike. I just would rather hike to somewhere like Abrams or Spruce Flats and see an amazing waterfall.
A trail I always bring visitors to. It is wide and runs along a creek and not too steep. Good for newbies to hiking. Can get muddy because of the darn horses. If my visiting friends are a bit more adventurous I bring them on to the bat caves and waterfall.
We started off on Schoolhouse Gap Trail. At the intersection of the Turkey Pen Ridge Trail, which is about 1 mile in, we took an unnamed trail leading to the White Oak Sinks. The trail head is on the left and marked with some fencing and a sign. This leads to a cave apparently called Blowhole Cave and it emits cold air continuously. Like outdoor A/C. As you approach the cave you can feel the temperature drop. In the heat of summer it's wonderful. The cave has a grill over it to keep people from disturbing the bats that live there and to prevent injury to themselves. This trail is very steep, and not marked very well, very few switchbacks to lessen the incline, tends to be slick in spots. As you near the bottom, right before the cave, you come upon what was once a meadow, overgrown now. I was told after we made this hike that there was a waterfall at the bottom also. Not readily visible, so be on the look out. Great hike and would recommend it.
Nice trail with great views. We walked 1.35 miles in. Several horses where using the trail so we did not choose to complete the entire trail.
Beautiful Trail. This hike begins flat, gravelled, and wide; perfect for a family hike for children, elderly, or leisurely strolling without sweating. Along the trail, other trails fork off into much more a challenge to bat caves or a waterfall. Sidetrails narrow, cross a footpath stream, & hike straight up few steep hills. Multiple wide areas to rest. Wildflowers in Spring. Not much foot traffic. Waterfall is high and drips into a cave down below. Measures 5.4 miles from beginning to waterfall. Beautiful hike for photography.