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18 days ago

Dog friendly, beautiful easy trails with views and water access. Would like to come back and kayak here.

Beautiful falls and the drive in is scenic as well

The trail runs alongside Bald River above Bald River Falls and the Tellico Gorge. Only gets prettier the farther you go as you get to several hidden waterfalls. The water was high when I hiked it thanks to recent rains so there was a lot of water to see.

1 month ago

Moderate lollipop w Black Mt. Loop Tr. Well marked & maintained trail. Park @ trailhead for Grassy Cove. Cross rd & walk east .25 mi to trailhead. Easy walk through hardwood forest. At 1.6 mi begin mod switchbacks to the top @ 3 mi. Cool ascent through rocks w stairs @ the top. Hiked clockwise on Loop Tr. This is an easy addition. Recommend. The views & hiking around the southern bluffs are the payoff on this hike. 8.1 mi. Fun afternoon.

Big disappointment because it has so much potential. It’s neat to have a nice hiking trails so close to downtown and the quarry views are fantastic. Recently the city invested a lot of money in sprucing up the main parks over look and the old fort Dickerson Civil War fort. But it’s odd that this trail doesn’t connect to the park. At least not officially. There are some unofficial trails that do connect to the park and there’s a lot of potential if they were well-kept. But, unfortunately, they are trashy and you pass by more than one homeless camp along the way. The city really needs to invest in making a complete loop around the quarry and back to the park while cleaning up and policing the park a little better. If they do that, I would give this five stars.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Beautiful drive and gorgeous waterfalls!

Very clean! Great for the family.

I think it was a moderate instead of an easy. We had a blast but lots of breaks.

It was an amazing hike. We went during the fall with all the colors. Absolutely beautiful.

Our whole family enjoyed the trail. Some nice waterfalls. The upper loop has some relatively steep parts but my two young kids fared pretty well so its pretty good for families, though some spots of the upper loop are very narrow with a steep drop on one side. We had a great time on the trail.

A stunning beauty! The write-up on this app don't do justice to the beauty of this place.
The falls are right off of river rd... no hiking necessary if you aren't physically able, or want to take someone to see some nature, if they are older.
Lastly, the drive to the falls is right beside the river... it's serene and filled with natural beauty from the time you leave the town of Tellico. enjoy!

spectacularly beautiful!
You can drive right up to the falls, which make this location ideal for anybody with physical limitations.

spectacularly beautiful.
you can drive right to the falls making it excellent for anyone with physical limitations.

Great trail. Easy to follow. Three waterfalls

Great view in winter. Lots of nice rocks to stop and rest. Wild turkeys! Trail is fully marked with white plastic tags on trees - very helpful in winter when leaves cover the path.

Waterfalls and cascades abound. One of the top trails in Tennessee. Majestic!

3 months ago

Love this trail! Not a very long hike but you get some really great views of sand beach and the beehive across the way.

3 months ago

Beautiful views of the waves crashing against the cliffs as well as the sandy beach.

3 months ago

Trail head is across from the pull off on HWY 68. Look for pink & orange plastic tags on 2 trees. That’s where the trail starts. The trail is marked with those pink/orange tags for the first .5 mile or so. Leaves had covered the trail but it was still fairly easy to follow. The trail is easy with minimal obstacles but the incline is pretty rough. The view is worth it at the top!

Take bear spray with you. I was about 2 miles into the Sunkota Ridge Trail from where it begins when you do it counterclockwise from Deep Creek when I hear loud rustling, look up, and see a momma black bear charging me from 50 yards away with two cubs following behind. I stopped, she stopped, we stared at each other for a little bit and I backed away slowly and went back the way I came. So much for the reviews on here that say there was no wildlife to see. Ten minutes later I heard some more rustling, soiled my pants again, and then saw two deer feet away from the trail.

Not much of a trail, good if you’re looking for an extremely easy short walk.
But the quarry is beautiful

4 months ago

First mile n Half is rough but keep on and it’s worth it. Beautiful country.

Great workout!! Gets steep at about 7 miles out and you keep going up for about 2 miles. But then you get a very cool payoff by following the ridgetop for about a mile of the descent. Beautiful foliage this time of year (end of October) and still managed to get flurries for about 1/3 of the hike! I was glad we downloaded the map because there were a couple times that we were a little confused when reading the signs and would have gone in the wrong direction. Beautiful falls at the end of the hike, which was a pleasant surprise! It took us about 5.5 hours and we are active adults (run, cycle almost daily).

The Sunkota part is way up on my list of scenic views. The terrain was great and the trail can be hiked in either direction and is good either way.

4 months ago

This is an excellent trail. I have hiked it many times in all sorts of weather in all four seasons. I have fished that river for many years and even met an old hiker seeking ‘ramps and creases’ who claimed to be a part of the Conservation Corps (CCC) group that built the trail back in the 30s. I know this trail like the back of my hand. However, I truly do not understand the directions. One end of the trail is off Bald River Rd at Holly Flats camp ground The other end is at Bald River Falls on the River Rd at the confluence of Bald River and the Tellico River. From The Cherohala Skyway (165) you only make one turn to the right. From where 165 and the River Rd y’s off to the right, you stay straight until you see the massive, unmistakable Falls to the right. With all the turns, I thought you were giving directions to the trail head at Holly Flats but Doublecamp road is further down 165, past Indian Boundary, over Beehouse gap in the Citico River watershed, miles away in the opposite direction. But perhaps I am missing something.

Great hike. one of the Smoky Mountains' best.

This is a beautiful hike! I loved the views. I wish there were better trail markings and information. It took a while just to figure out where the trail was located.

5 months ago

Good short trail with spectacular views. I didn't run across a lot of other hikers. Pay attention to the blue trail markers. It's easy to get turned around at the top.

5 months ago

Easy, short trail to get some good scenery in if only have a short amount of time.

5 months ago

Nice trail, not too technical but the elevation gain makes it moderately difficult. I'm seconding a reviewer below on finding the trailhead - look for two trees with pink/orange ties across from the paved parking pulloff. The first ~0.5 miles of trail uses pink ties, but the remainder of the trail uses the white Cumberland Trail plaques. I'd highly recommend completing the loop trail at the top of the mountain, the views over the south overlook are worth it. Looking forward to checking out Brady Mountain once the trail is open!

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