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hiking
12 days ago

Very nice trail. We saw very few people on our hike. The old farmhouse and cemetery were awesome, as was the old hiking lodge. Debris and fallen trees along the way, I cleared out what I could but I'm only one man and I didn't have a chainsaw. Beautiful photography opportunities if you take your time along the river and explore.

Beautiful trail! Loved that it was very secluded, we only saw a handful of people as we were walking back to our truck. It’s completely uphill the entire way with rocks and plenty of mud so make sure to wear good hiking boots! The loop trail is much smaller with more mud and several downed trees to cross over, including one very large tree that requires some maneuvering to cross. All in all a beautiful trail and a great workout for the day!

Mild hike with a loop through grove with unique trees. A portion of the hike is underwhelming but has sounds of water, fascinating history and worth it for the river and grove loop.

Gorgeous views

Really nice trail running along the creek the entire length to campground 31. There’s about a mile section at the beginning that is a wide, gravel path suitable for anyone. At a mile there is an old farm area with a couple of restored/preserved buildings. Kind of cool to walk around.

After that the trail narrows a bit, crosses the creek a couple of times, and begins a moderate climb that you will need to get used to. It isn’t difficult, but continuous. On the way down the rocks and roots will make you be aware of where you step so I’d say this falls a little between moderate and easy.

I’m the fall you will have great looks at the creek at almost every turn. There was a lot of rain recently so it made for a really high water level. I’d almost give this 5 stars but I think I’m the summer it would be less enjoyable because the leaves would obstruct the views, and in the spring I’d bet the trail is wet. Anyway, it was a really nice day

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hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with 2 kids, ages 9 and 4. The river was beautiful!

nature trips
1 month ago

Took our 3 and 7 year old boys on this trail Thanksgiving week. It was the only one we went on that didn’t have other travelers, which was nice. The creeks are everywhere are beautiful, and we loved the mossy log bridge. Also, very close drive to Emerts Covered Bridge!

Awesome hike. We hit all the landmarks and will try to give clear directions. Trail head right behind the ranger house as described. First goal is the Cemetery. You will cross three log bridges. See the Cemetery sign. At the sign go right. Follow the trail down and go left at 1st fork. Cross a log bridge. The trail goes off to the right and up the side of a fairly steep hill. The cemetery is maybe 1/4 or a little more from the sign up an incline on the edge of the hill. Very well worth the side trip! Go back down to the sign. Now go right to get back on the trail. Next landmark is Camp 32. Watch to the right - you can see small Camp sign off the trail. That marks camp 32. It's on top of a little ridge. Back on the trail - on the way to the engine. Keep left at the intersections - you will see a trail sign, go toward Greenbriar Rd. It's a 10-15 minute walk to the engine. The engine is right before a sharp left turn up the mountain and a creek crossing. On your left look down to see the engine in the creek right before the left turn. We hiked in November and there were 3 creek crossings after Camp 32 that did NOT have bridges and needed some agility to cross without getting wet. There are many stone features - walls, old fireplaces, who knows what else along the trail. Didn't see any wildlife - and actually 2 other hiking parties on the trail. That's why 4 not 5 stars.

Nice trail not heavily used. The creek is very nice.

Hiked this trail while vacationing in Pigeon Forge with my family (10/30), it was a nice hike to the creek/small water fall. Uphill all the way to the bridge crossing mostly on an old service road, then it narrows to a rocky and root filled trail until you get to the foot bridge, we did not do the loop. We sat by the water on some large rocks and ate our lunch. All the way up you will pass small streams, you could hear the water flowing the entire hike, recent rains had the water flowing nicely. The parking is pretty tight at the trail head, but other than that it was a nice hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike on a sunny day. Beautiful river and bridges. Waterfall was set off the trail a bit and in my opinion not the highlight. Trailhead easy to find and an interesting drive.

hiking
2 months ago

What a fun and absolutely beautiful trail! We hiked about 3.5 miles of it with our 3&5 year olds and they did great. Back is much quicker than up. Lots of places to climb splash and explore!

Moderate-difficult. Very steep.

This is a steep uphill hike that is worth the climb.

Perfect amount of hiking for a short day hike ! Beautiful water to sit by while having our lunch ! I Highly recommend this trail

If you get a chance to hike this trail don’t pass it up.

hiking
3 months ago

Steep and challenging, but the view from the top is worth it. I was able to get some of the best Milky Way photos of my life from the top at night.

Very steep on the way up.
Went to browning knob as well and to the plane crash. The kids liked to see the plane. The mud and slick rocks would make it a little rough at times for kids or older hikers.

This trail is virtually uphill from the start and doesn’t change until you are on the way back. First 1.2 miles very well maintained trail. After that the trail slowly becomes more narrow, dirt, and rock which I prefer. Very nice waterfall towards the top. Nice large old trees along the hike. Was enjoyable!

hiking
4 months ago

Pleasant hike for everyone!

hiking
4 months ago

This is a quick, steep hike up to the top that will get your heart pumping. Pretty heavily trafficked trail but when we went we got to see why they're called the Smoky Mountains because the mists filled the valleys below all the way to the top. Still beautiful though.

Lots of uphill but worth it

hiking
4 months ago

This is a steep trail. It is dog-friendly but it can be very tough on many dogs. It is very rocky and sandy most of the way up and is going to be a tough go of it for older or unconditioned dogs. I guess this goes for people too. Even better trails that both come off of the paved part of this trail is the MST in either direction.

I loved this trail. It was not super difficult but not easy at times. It Took about 3 hours. The reason why I loved the trail so much is 1) it’s not crowded at all! We started at 1030 am and did not see a single person until the end coming back down. 2) not only is the bridge at the end With the river beautiful but along the way there are multiple brooks, streams, and river photo opportunities. 3) there is a historic site along the way, an old cabin you can walk through. Overall loved this hike just for the simple pleasure of enjoying piece and quite with the Smokey mountains

great trail and a lot to see. loved the old farm house and barn.

hiking
5 months ago

Steep trail, but worth the view. Beautiful flowers and butterflies along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

Took two older dogs on this trail. Had to fireman carry them back down. Great views otherwise.

This was an amazing morning hike! we started at 7:30 am in the morning and were done in about 3 hrs. We enjoyed the peace and serenity on the trail, met only two hikers at the very beginning and then maybe 10 more heading up while we were on our way back. Definitely a moderate hike with a great walk in nature. The waterfall is more for views than for taking a dip, but the gurgling creek stayed with us almost all the way till the Albright Grove trail loop started.

This hike was beautiful!

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