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Clayton B. on Stringers Ridge Trail
A convenient location with well maintained trails. Lots of hills - be up for the challenge!
Loved it! Great hike for a late fall afternoon. Great mountain scenery. The Guild Trail turns into the Upper Truck, which is wide and easy. Then you go down hill and start the Skyuka, which is a little harder. I would recommend starting the hike at the west end of the Ruby Falls parking area instead of Ochs Hwy.
I love this trail! A short drive from downtown to escape the noise and catch a breath. It covers quite a bit of different terrain and history, even following alongside the Tennessee River for a spell (a few really good lookout points with a river view, too). The trail is manicured enough to maintain easy passability, especially with the recent additions of wooden footbridges to cover the "mud pits", but wild enough so you remember you are in the wilderness, after all. Sometimes as you amble down the trail, you may remember you're walking through 12,000 years of continuous human history. Perhaps it was flash of sunlight reflecting off a Union soldier's gun barrel you thought you just saw? Or Perhaps you barely heard the soft footfall of a foot encased in a moccasin? Maybe the sound of horses hooves as a Spanish Conquistador searches for nearby Hampton Place. Surely that was the yellow glare of a coyote stare watching you from the far reaches of the underbrush. Perhaps...
I went in Nov '16 and all the trails had been cleared of trees etc. I only did the first leg of this trail and then went up to sunset rock. The trails do have signs but sometimes your destination disappears but is on another sign within 10 meters of where the trail splits. Great views but a lot of rocks when you get up high so take appropriate footwear.
One of our favorite hikes. It was about 1.5 miles in and back out with lots of adventure points. There is a small walk through cave, water and several fun lookout spots. We really enjoyed this hike and so did the kids and dog. The waterfall had mostly dried up so we look forward to going back during the rainy season.