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Great day hike if you are looking for something more challenging than a leisurely stroll. Allow enough time to complete your hike as necessary, the spur trail to Ranger Falls is a MUST. STRONGLY RECOMMEND starting with Gulf trail from Stone Door and finishing with Rim trail to allow time for recovery. Otherwise you will be making a steep ascent over rocks and some boulders to end your hike.

hiking
4 days ago

I want to like this trail but it was badly marked. There is no signage for this trail on the road, you have to AllTrails it in your phone. There were huge construction trucks working on the power line which took up the small parking area. I was little skeptical about parking there and leaving my car but I figured hopefully it would be there and not squished when I got back.
It’s a flat trail at first with a creek crossing in the beginning. Because of the lack of markers I guessed at a fork and of course guessed wrong. I ended up going up a steep rocky hillside trying to see if I could find the trail. It was getting late so I retraced my steps and went back down to the fork and back out. I did get to the mouth of the cave which looked extremely intriguing. I’ll definitely go back and try to find the right trail and then go into the cave.

hiking
4 days ago

An easy little hike, a little boring at first but the view is amazing.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful waterfall and very short hike, well worth a visit.

Great challenging trail. With all the rain it made the water crossings a bit more challenging. Made for a slower pace.

hiking
9 days ago

great trail with tons of great views!

Good times and beautiful scenery!

Prettiest hike ever.

So this place is infested with wild boars. Wild hogs? Whatever you call them, they’re everywhere and convinced that the trail is theirs. Not to mention there were numerous water/creek crossings with no bridges, which I imagine would be fine on a warm day. The first family of boars I stumbled upon (around 8 or 9 of them) were just after honey pond. I backed away slowly and waited until they cleared with no problem. All the rest that I saw, I had only a few miles left and there were dozens of them. It was too late to turn back and there was nowhere else to go. I was charged by one from over 100 yards away. It was awful. I slid down a hill trying to get away. Bring a gun, bring a friend, go on a sunny dry day. There is absolutely no service the last 5 miles of the trail. This would’ve been a halfway decent hike if it wasn’t for all these stupid hogs.

Moderate to difficult trail. I hiked this in a race day, so Big Creek Gulf was very well-marked, but I’m not sure it always is. Nice variation of terrain. I did it clockwise, so went down Stone Door first, then Big Creek Gulf (which was fun and loud from all the rain), then took the Big Creek Rim back, which was easy and flat after all the work in the first few miles. Highly recommend.

nice trail to take the family. make sure to walk Laurel Loop to see the falls. beautiful!!

Backpacked down Stone Door, along Big Creek Gulf trail and back up to Alum Gap campsite. Lots of rock hopping so the proper footwear is essential. Ranger Falls was gushing due to all the recent rain. You have to walk a bit to find firewood as it is picked clean around the Alum Gap campsite. Nice overlooks on the hike out along Big Creek Rim trail. Strenuous hike but worth it.

hiking
29 days ago

I love this trail!

Great hike, awesome views, satisfying waterfall! Had a blast with my dog out here

hiking
1 month ago

To top of fall is a short walk, to get to bottom of falls takes a little rock scrambling and coming back up is fun!

Went through Stone Door into the gorge. Very rocky, but once down there, wildflowers were everywhere! Beautiful The bolder filled creek was dry, but hiked to a Ranger falls anyway. It was running great, with a small rainbow at bottom. It goes underground, that’s why you see no water in creek bed. Going on along BCG Trail, I came upon another smaller waterfall. It also runs back underground, as does Big Creek, which you will see for the remainder of the hike out of gorge. Very rocky climb out to the rim. Rim trail has a few nice overlooks. I would rate this moderate, with steep climb at end. Don’t wear flip-flops!!

Beautiful views, considerable elevation gains and descent. Tricky footing in some places over rocky trails especially when climbing or decending on the gulf. Take the extra .8 miles to see Ranger falls!

hiking
1 month ago

A short easy trek to the stone door. Beautiful views from just above the stone door. Suitable for kids, dogs and beginning hikers.

on Stone Door Trail

walking
1 month ago

The views are amazing in the spring and fall! The hike is not difficult, and the paths are well-kept.

hiking
1 month ago

superb and inspiring.

Great hike! It’s a real workout

Great hike!! Strenuous at times, but worth it!

Superb hike! Wonderful views of the lake. The path could use some maintaining and the blazers could be more frequent.

Difficult because of steepness at times but worth it for the views. I would recommend a walking stick, plenty of food, and plenty of water for the long journey. We started at the overlook and hiked 10km to defeated creek camp and 10 km back. It was about 12.5 miles round trip and took us about 6 1/2 hours.

It was challenging for me as I haven’t done that distance in years. The views were fantastic- great time of year (early March) for some bonus waterfalls. Great sense of accomplishment after completing the loop!

hiking
1 month ago

This is my all time favorite "quick hike."

I’d definitely rate this as hard if you do the full loop, though it’s also pretty balanced. Went during the late winter and it was a good hike. Not much reward at the end, but instead the majority of the hike as great views, and lots of wildlife! I saw two snakes!
I’d definitely make sure you’re in shape and/or well hydrated before doing this trail, as the incline can get pretty intense at times.

Wouldn’t recommend in the summer unless you’re just really hardcore.

This is one of the better hikes near Nashville, hands down. This one is not for beginners as it consists of a lot of elevation. Really some great views over the Cumberland. Will revisit in the coming Spring.

Beautiful waterfall on a little side-trip on our way home from Nashville! Totally worth it!

Fantastic falls!! Made the trip when my dad was in town and we always do an annual hike. I had heard this was a good hike. I would say it is moderate but then again it was in February and wasn't hot out. I can see this being difficult in the summer heat. Make the time to go to the top. There isn't a really good view of the falls from there but the climb up and views are worth it.

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