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Started at Twentymile Ranger Station and took Twentymile Trail to Long Hungry Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald Trail. Blueberries were gone in mid-August, so no bears to be seen. Stayed the night at Campsite 13 then finished the loop the next day by continuing on Gregory Bald Trail to Wolf Ridge Trail back to Twentymile Trail. Lots of beautiful bridge stream crossings on the lower parts of the trail and the views from the Bald are worth the trip. I found the posted mileages on the trail and on the description above to be significantly different from what my AllTrails app was registering. The app showed 13.4 miles from the Ranger station to Campsite 13 and then 8.5 miles to finish the loop the next day. That's 21.9 miles compared to the 15.3 listed above.

very cool and gorgeous trail. very difficult at times. Definitely a quad and glute workout with all the steps. waterfalls are amazing

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.

Great trail but it's closed past Sycamore Falls which was only around 2 miles in. Looking forward to going back after the gas line has been repaired.

Part of trail unknowingly closed "until September" after I read it supposedly opened around August 1st. Arrived at 5pm from 4 hrs travelling, and a citation issued on the windshield of our car the following morning for camping d/t campsite being closed, but too far in to hike out after arrival. Embarrassed to be escorted out (on our way out) by Park Rangers (eldest with 3 months experience after telling us we would be cleared of citation for not actually having been 'found camping.') Beautiful sights, however. Do your research more in depth than I did, apparently, before staying here or hiking past 5pm.

Not gonna lie, this trail is tough. Deserves the hard rating. The description says the trail is 6.6 miles, but my tracker says it was 8.8 miles. It’s not a loop trail, you go up the same way you come down. The initial descent is easy, but it was completely uphill on the way back. I felt like it would never end and we would never get there. Make sure you bring more than enough water. I brought a filled 17 oz bottle and four regular sized water bottles, and that wasn’t enough. I would bring 6-8 bottles. The elevation gain is intense on the way back up. You should probably be in fairly good shape to hike this trail. I would go in the fall because it was really hot during the summer. Also, wear bug spray. Bugs are flying around you just about every second you’re hiking. And while going down the trail you walk into spiderwebs pretty much the whole time. Some of it is overgrown, so I’d be sure to check yourself and others for ticks when you get done. The views were decent, but not the best. It was just an okay hike, not really worth it in my opinion.

Most of the trail is meh, the falls are great. Be sure to keep going back until you see the large drop off that’s impassable.

Great trail! Section along the river is far better than the rim overlooking it. If you like waterfalls, rivers, cool rock formations, you will love this one. If not, why are you hiking?

Very well-kept forest trail. Of interest were an old hand-built cabin and nice waterfalls. Ending the hike at the falls (about 2.9 miles in) would be a good choice for anyone tired at that point.

great trail. return trip kicks your ass. take your time it's all up hill

Beautiful trail, make sure to bring enough water (at least 3 liters). Steep elevation gain on the way back.

hiking
18 days ago

Great strenuous workout with sections of steep terrain. If you’re heading to Jack River Falls by way of this trail make sure to start your hike early.

Great trail! Lots of ups and down to keep your heart pumping and plenty of beautiful views to keep you interested along the way.

We really enjoyed this trail. I wanted to see some old growth trees and this trail did not disappoint. Including the Albright Grove trail this is a 7.5 mile hike. The first couple miles are on a gravel road so the incline is not too bad.

Actually backpacked this last summer. We brought our dog and I would recommend staying on the top of the ridge to ravens point if you’re hiking from sycamore falls. Hiking into the valley is quite treacherous with all the boulders, especially for a dog.

The trailhead holds maybe 5 cars so not many hikers here. My wife and I took to the adventure not knowing what to expect. The first mile is an old road. More of a walk thru the woods than a hike.The trees are pretty though. At .7 miles Willis Baxter cabin is on your right and it really is a quaint lonely forlorn cabin from long ago. Very nice inside. Pleasantly surprised. Shortly after that the road turns into a trail and continues uphill for another 2 miles when you round the corner to an extremely beautiful creek. And the foot bridge crossing it is spectacular. Lots of cascades and mini waterfalls here. The sound of the river is roaring and we decided to stop here for our picnic lunch. This was the unexpected highlight of this trip. After lunch we continued up a short trek to the Albright Grove loop. The first part was like entering Jurassic Park minus the Dinosaurs but lots of pretty birdsong made this a magical side trip. Lots of ferns and other plant life not seen on the main trail. The back half of the loop was overgrown on the trail but still was nice. The biggest tree in the Smokey's was at the end of the loop but it's long dead and the top is gone but still was cool to see. After the Grove it was all downhill back to the car. We got rained on a little the last half mile but overall was a very nice hike. About 3.5 hours total with our lunch break.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was our first trail to backpack overnight. The scenery is beautiful. It is a pretty hard trail the first 2 miles and the last 2 miles. There are 4 campsites. The campsites just have a flat spot for your tent and a fire pit. The only complaint was that campsite one was not marked and was right on the trail. The trail is a little grown over at places with tall grass and poison oat so be sure to wear appropriate clothing and bring bug spray. This is black bear country so be smart. We will definitely be returning.

Great trail, but difficult for older and beginners. Enjoyed it!!!

my partner and I hiked this trail last weekend, it was cooler and breezy which made the hike very nice. Spectacular overlooks, changing terrain, waterfalls, mountains. We had a great time. We passed about 8 people in the entire 8+ miles, I think half of them asked if we had seen any bears, apparently bears are prevalent at fort mountain SP. We did not see any bears by the way...this is an excellent hike, we would do it again. It took about 4.75 hours to complete, and we stopped for lunch on the trail and at one of the overlooks. We like to hike at a pretty moderate pace.

I did lower half of the trail it was challenging but fun. I got lost few times and water was little higher then I expected.

My first backpacking trip ever was on this trail around 1994, and my last time on this trail was 1997- I was hooked on backpacking because of this trail and the Cohuttas in general. 20 years later I took my 14 and 12 yo sons on this trail trying to recreate the wonder. No joy. Trail had changed and was unrecognizable. Overgrown and and unkept. Further, I discovered you could no longer camp between beech bottom and jacks river falls. This trip, other than the family bonding, was unpleasant. We left early to head to Red River Gorge.

July 4th hike. No one on the trail, save a mama black bear that would not move and was getting very worked up about 20 feet off the trail near milepost 2. After a couple seconds of primal reaction on my part (neither of us saw one another until the last minute) I tried to look "big", stood my ground for a few seconds then sloooowly walked along grabbing some rocks just in case it got crazy. Will do the bear bells next time just in case. As for the trail, very well blazed, quite varied, and a pleasant escape, except for the section near Gold Mine Trail, which uses an old roadbed. Nice to eat the first blueberries and huckleberries of the season along the western side. Once I got to mile 7 going clockwise I was sad to see it end so soon. Definitely worth a do-over.

hiking
1 month ago

Took the Tennessee Trail head on June 2.
This trail is a lot harder and longer than the Alabama Trail Head. Total trip was 9.3 miles with an elevation gain of 1750 FT. My total in motion time was 4.25 hours. Average pace was 27:16/m.
A couple areas on the trail it took a little to find the blaze. It could be marked a little better but you can tell this trail is not heavily traveled. I only saw 2 people on the Tennessee Trail before reaching and after leaving the main trail down by the creek bed.
You meet up with it at the first water crossing.
Found a beautiful living spring. This is a tough trail so be ready for it. Pace yourself. It is beautiful. You do get to see the vista of the gorge from the rim on part of the hike. It is not marked on the app so you will look like you are way off the trail.

If ticks give you the heebie-jeebies then this isn’t the hike for you! I’ve never seen so many ticks in my life. Every time I looked down my pants were covered in ticks. I must have pulled 50 or more ticks off me throughout the hike. So if you plan on doing this hike make sure your clothes are treated or better yet just do it in the winter. Other than that the hike was ok but the ride home was itchy.

TICKS! TICKS! TICKS!!!!!!!! and MORE TICKS!!!!!!
Came to do this trail on July 2nd 2018. My hiking partner came from NC and we hiked from the overlook around the 8 mile loop.
He picked at least 50 ticks off of his pants from the knees the down!! NO EXAGGERATION!!! I have never seen so many ticks in my life! I only found 2 on my right sock. I was wearing shorts, he was wearing pants.
Other than that... it was a great hike and a great workout! I will ONLY return in the winter time! I have named this place in my saved files as “Tick City”
It was things nightmares are made of!

What a trail! Definitely not easy but wasn’t too difficult. Once you get to the first waterfall, be sure to climb over and see the end of the trail with a cave at the end. We were so impressed and will definitely be back to hike it again!

Easy beginning wide gravel road to moderate as the trail narrows. Not sure where they get 6.6 from. Signs are a bit confusing to this trail and that trail along the way. I’d say I probably did a good 8 miles in and out after crossing a nice rustic tree bridge over a rapids and hiking to another intersection with signs. I will return for sure. Only saw a few people. One jerk couple with a big German Shepherd (violation) that left a big load in the road. If it weren’t for the gnats, I would rate this a 5 star.

Parked one car at the Peavine parking lot. Second car back to the North Trailhead. Up the Blue in the super muggy humid 93 degree joy known as Alabama Summer to Kings Chair. Great view but super sun exposed and hot at the top. Blue trail in the shade the entire way across the park. I like the traverse here on the Blue better than the White just due to the shade. Took the Blue/White connector down to the creek and finished the trail staying to the right at every fork. The last quarter mile was a brutal straight uphill assault but we survived. 7.8 miles of awesomeness hanging with my great friend Holice. Will definitely do this again soon.

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