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I agree that this is a neat trail for being pretty much right in Knoxville. The river walk and cave are pretty neat. My daughter and I also went up the tower trail a ways-nice spot to sit and take in the view. Will probably walk it again sometime since it’s so close.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice easy hike, pretty waterfalls, a bit crowded on a nice October day and hard to pass at points.

I appreciate the abundance of signs mapping the trail, but blazes would've been a lot nicer/easier than having to stop and check which one of the paths you want to go down. Also, some kind of marker for where waterfall overlooks are would be appreciated instead of just following the sound down different trails.

I'll be honest, part of me writing this review is because it was sitting at 666 reviews :p

Easy for family hikes

a river? there isnt a river within 20 miles of Cave Spring. i think someone got their trails mixed up.

Trail is very well laid out. No special scenic areas, just a nice walk through old growth forest.

From the Harris Street Bridge parking area, I hiked the trails leading from the trailhead to the historic water tunnel with great views of the river on the right and huge rocky bluffs on the left, and followed it back to a junction for the main path to ascend the steep staircase to the overlook. The views from the bluff make this trail one of the most scenic trails near Nashville. This was a moderate hike for a beginner like me with the steep climbs totaling about 1.8 miles and took me roughly an hour to complete.

Did the river walk trail as a family. Great trail for all levels especially younger kids. My six year old loved it

hiking
11 days ago

Bit crowded but it’s a good trail. We stared off from riverside st parking lot to achieve 3.8 miles trail. During returning we adapted a closed trail which we were not aware of and that trail was dam creepy but had fun and we were able to catch up the active trail. Plan to take extra pair of clothes if you want to get into the waterfall. Overall it’s a awesome trail.

nature trips
12 days ago

Ratings are all relative :) I gave this a 5 as this seems perfect when you think about a trail that is in a city. I’m not from the area so this was the first time I had checked out this area. This particular trail was pretty great. It was diverse in the type of scenery...from river views to rocks to seeing a cave to a pond etc. Definitely an easy path. I only came across a couple groups of people which was nice as well. I went at 6 pm on a Wed night though. I bet it gets crowded on the weekends though. I would go again and frequent often if I lived in Knox.

Ps. You can make this trail a bit longer by veering off the path periodically on the other side trails.

This also is more along the lines of an easy trail vs moderate.

I’ve ridden over 3,000 miles on this trail over the past 6 years, usually averaging 3 rides per week. Since I’m riding I take the longer way around which is generally around 10 miles. If you stay close to the lake it’s a little over 6 miles. It’s a great place to ride and drains quickly after some rain unless you stay close to the lake which can take longer to drain. Volunteers maintain the trails including building bridges and removing fallen trees so be patient if you run into some. You can take the trail clockwise or counter clockwise. If you’re new to the trail just keep the lake to your right or left and you’ll do fine. Only downside are dog owners with no leash on their dogs, it is a state law and a safety issue on the trails. Enjoy, it is a great place to get away from the city and enjoy the outdoors.

For a hike in a city this is as good as it gets. I wish I had access to something like this in IL. I agree with the person that reviewed this trail the same day as me (10/2/18). I went in the evening and while more people were there most of the trail was quiet...so think they were on other trails or right by the quarry.

I did record my distance and I hit 2 miles but I did double track certain areas going back for pics etc after people would leave so it is definitely less than 2 if you don’t double back.

It has an incline for most of the mountain side of the quarry. Only recommendation is to get there with sufficient time to do the trail at the pace you want before dark. I had to jog in spots to make it through before dark when the gates close :)

Oh and I also wish I had my hiking boots instead of gym tennis shoes, but I didn’t pack them this trip.

If I lived here, I would go here frequently. The pics do not do it justice.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful, easy nature walk. Many trails in Big South Fork are suffering from the funding cuts (not their fault), but this popular trail is in great shape. Lots of interesting boulders and trees along the river. We went after a week of flooding and the trail had drained well.

"Angel Falls" is not a waterfall, it's just rapids, but it's still pretty.

This is a 1.1 mile hike (not 2 miles like AllTrails claims). It is more easy than moderate- the slight ups and downs and twists and turns keep it fun. Bringing hiking poles would be a good idea to help steady yourself on the ups & downs as the ground is damp mud with leaves on it and not ideal footing. I was glad to have brought one of my poles since I was baby wearing as well.

Some beautiful sights and wildlife. We saw some big spiders and a turtle on the trail! We ran into our share of cobwebs, but none were giant or full of spiders so it wasn’t even that annoying actually. There were some mosquitos towards the 0.75-1.0 mile range but that’s about it. My dog did this easily as well (she’s an experienced hiker though).

We hiked at 11am on a Tuesday in October and were the only ones out there. It was very peaceful and a lot of history to be learned here.

The cemetery was especially interesting because a living family member posted 2 photo frames with the deceased persons information and stories on them along with flowers. It was very neat to read about the family and learn about what happened and their struggles ages ago.

I will definitely be back- this is a perfect short hike that isn’t too easy or too difficult.

Only walked up to quarry and part way around it as it was greeting dark and I still had to walk back to my hotel (not from the area). The area around the quarry was pretty overall. The walk to the quarry from downtown was nice except the last .3 mile or so as there isn’t a sidewalk.

hiking
17 days ago

Crowded, full of trash, and constant traffic noise from Grimes Bridge Rd.

hiking
18 days ago

Went today with my friends, nice day to hike and good trial.

Seen a couple of instances of folks not having their dogs leashed.

hiking
25 days ago

I felt it quite easy and no elevation at all. For warming up and running into woods, I recommend this trail

trail running
28 days ago

Steep incline to start but otherwise a fairly easy trail.

Was mosquito heaven, water was stagnant, other areas were dry.

This is my home trail. My dog and me hike it atleast twice a month. It never disappoints us. I recommend it to anyone that wants a good hike but not to tasking. my favorite trip was probably when it was snowing.
There are some stairs that are unevenly spaced and deep. my friend has a bad knee (old sports injury) the stairs were a little difficult for her so you want to plan ahead for them. Super dog friendly with plenty of swimming opportunities for our furry friends.

Not really an interesting hike now but will have potential once completed. Nice scenic area around the quarry though.

Most trails appear to be of easy to moderate + difficulty. Intresting trails and scenic greenways. Plenty of activities for children. Pet friendly areas. Plenty of parking. Close to home.

A great little park on the south side of the city. Lots of fun walking along the river and good for all ages.

The only downfall was a combo of not well marked at sports and not traveled therefore a ton of spider webs.

Went with a group from work, had the best guide we could ask for. Checked off a bucket list item, and will definitely be back again!! Highly recommend this!

It’s a nice trail, with a lot of side trails that you can distract yourself with. We had a difficult time finding the path at one point, but as long as you don’t mind meandering for a short while it won’t be an issue.

Great little taste of nature for when you're in Knoxville and can't leave your responsibilities behind to get yourself to the smokies.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Rode the 7 mile trail for the first time on my new mountain bike this morning. Trails are very well marked and great for someone new to trail riding. Had to get off the bike about 3 times to make it up a few hills with big roots exposed, only because I didn't get enough momentum on the downhill first. Great ride, great trails.

Half the trail has moderate elevation gain in a beautiful wooded area and the other half is flat and runs along the water. We almost always see deer and a variety of birds on and along the water. The hiking trail is well maintained. The rangers are friendly and helpful.

If you are in Roswell and have nothing better to do then this is a fine way to spend a morning. Don’t go out of your way.

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