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1 day ago

We started hiking the West overlook trail, this trail was very busy and we passed so many OFF leash dogs were owners could not be seen. I love dogs and hike with my dog but I dont like them to be off leash with no owner in sight, you need to have control over your dog. After 2 incidents of this happening we turned around.....people need to follow rules!!

Great amount of time for a Sunday hike! There were some turns that I wouldnt have known which direction to go if I hadnt been with someone who has hiked there a lot.

It was so pretty even for a dreary cold day. It was pretty intense in some places. I loved all of the water features and views of the huge open valleys.
The flowers were just starting to bloom but it was unusually cold on this particular day. We were the only people out there and my dog also had a blast! Super fun day despite the cold.

Hiked this with my kids today ages 3-12, we all loved it. It was just hard enough to be an adventure but not strenuous. We couldn’t figure out how to get to the bottom of the falls but the Upper and Lower views are BEAUTIFUL!

hiking
5 days ago

This is a nice not too difficult trail for a Saturday morning. Some up and down but not too much - just enough to make you feel like you’re on a real hike. Norris Lake is beautiful and much of the trail winds around the shore with pleasant views. Trails are well marked and well maintained, with only a few muddy patches (this may be different after a hard rain!) There’s a campsite about 1.5 miles in, and options for a longer or shorter hike . This was my first real walk of the season, and it was a good way to ease back into hiking.

hiking
5 days ago

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

hiking
6 days ago

This was an enjoyable hike. I agree with most of the others. I don’t think the last third could be called easy:) Of course I’m 71 and far from the fittest hiker on the trail!

Beautiful area and not very populated! We did North Old Mac then The Fire Tower then South Old Mac back to the car. Directions are correct for parking. We will be back to hike the other trails one day! Saw a coyote on the way out too.

Oh, and no martinis allowed on the trails.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice trail lots of water after a rain event. Second half of trail was like walking in a creek! Looking forward to the next visit.

hiking
11 days ago

Gorgeous but difficult trail. If you want to avoid the steepest part of the trail when you come to the fork go left to head to lower piney first. Just keep going left
Until you get to upper piney. I fell hard two times crossing over the top of upper. Be careful! I see it is listed as an out and back. It is a lollipop loop actually.

Easy from trailhead to Debord Falls, some areas rocky so watch your step. To continue onto Emory Gap Falls is doable but defiantly closer to the moderate range. You are going up hill more and there are a lot more rocks and tree roots.
( I did see and older man fall, he was not injured). If the the first Falls (Debord) do not have plenty of water flowing you may want to wait to do the second leg another day.

hiking
18 days ago

This really should be under Point Tr which is the majority of this hike. Its a 3.8mi out\back w short spur to Lilly Bluff overlook. I combined this w Bridge Tr. for about 6mi total. This is an easy well-marked & maintained tr. Lots of side trails. Many awesome overlooks\bluffs, rock formations, creeks,& waterfalls. Take your time & do the side trails for an overall exceptional experience. One of the better hikes in the area.

My favorite hiking loop in Frozen Head.

hiking
26 days ago

We enjoyed this hike today, but the description is inaccurate in many details, resulting in a misleading description. The total loop is 7.8 miles (not 6.4) and the total elevation gain is 1832. With this distance and elevation gain, this is a difficult hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Ended up on this trail after a few massive rains in February after discovering that the Laurel-Snow Trail was too washed out to use--I'm glad I came! Normally I would have passed up such a short trail, but since my planned hike was out I gave it a go.

The flow rate was INSANE after all the rain we had had, so I couldn't safely cross the upper falls to do the loop. I doubled back and hiked down to the lower falls and was so glad I did-- walking behind a RAGING waterfall is always an epic experience.

I would definitely recommend this quick hike if you're chasing waterfalls--it didn't disappoint.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best all-around hiking trails in the area with 2 beautiful waterfalls inside a 2 mile loop. Not an easy hike but not majorly difficult either. No doubt the trail could be better marked. Finding the rope ladder when leaving the Upper Falls to climb the ridge can be a challenge to locate, if you’re not paying attention you will walk past it. Love this trail, hiked it many times.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail! Not sure I would say easy especially the very end of trail but can be done!

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!

hiking
1 month ago

superb and inspiring.

hiking
1 month ago

NOT EASY. This is definitely a moderate hike—especially closer to the falls. They were beautiful and well worth the effort. The Debord Falls are on the same trail, so stop and see them on your way.

hiking
1 month ago

This is my all time favorite "quick hike."

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall and the best part is being able to walk behind it. A lot of people said they had trouble finding the trail to the base of the waterfall. Here is how you get there: continue on the large main trail until you get to a place where you can see a trail to your right and a more hidden trail to your left on the opposite side. The trail to the right takes you to the top of the falls. If you go on the trail to the left, you will eventually see a place where you must climb down some rocks, they have put a sign there. Make a right at the base of the rocks and continue next to the cliff on your right till you reach the falls. The trail to the lower falls is quite difficult, but very short. I was surprised that the lower falls were pretty much the same size as the upper falls, but you cannot go to the bottom. I highly recommend these trails!

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

Went the complete trail. It was easy, but it was beautiful!

Out & Back-5.6 mi. Moderate. Well marked. Trail in ok condition. Erosion in some sections. 0.3 mi from parking to trailhead. First mi easy up broad trail. Short .1 mi section beyond campsite steep/rocky. Remainder is steady mod climb to jxn with Chimney Top Tr. Hike along stream down low and mult waterfalls higher. Really nice after a recent rain. Trail is a stream on mult sections. Many wild boar. Pretty hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This place is awesome! Especially for being so close to town!

I loved the east overlook best. If you see the West overlook first, please continue to the East. Far better view :)

God bless.
-Andy

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is beautiful. We went after some heavy rain and the waterfalls were amazing! We ended up filling a few side trails to explore also and hiked about 4 miles. It was moderate in difficulty. Not bad. I did it with an 18 month old on my back and didn’t struggle. I recommend this hike a million times!!

hiking
2 months ago

Short easy spur off Panther Branch Tr. Rocky footing. Pretty waterfall after a rain. 3mi roundtrip up Panther Br. to access. This is on old roadbed & adds Debord Falls & pretty stream side hike.

Easy on well marked & maintained trail. This is actually a loop combining North & South Old Mac Trails. South is steeper than North & has rocky sections at the top with tougher footing than North. Not much to see but a nice hike through hardwood forest with the occasional small stream xing &waterfall. Go see the Panther rockhouse & lookout tower. I added Panther Br Tr & Emory Gap Tr. This was 12mi & added nice waterfalls & a pretty stream. Panther Br is moderate as the top section is steep with sections of poor footing, washed out trail & deadfall on trail. All in all a nice hike.

This trail was unexpectedly magical. It took me much longer than expected to hike this trail because there were so many places you wanted to stop and look around. There’s so many side trails to explore. The trail itself is very clearly marked and easy to follow. Well worth the drive from Nashville :)

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