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    Tim Hall added Tweetsie

    9 months ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Cucumber Gap and Little River Loop Trail

    9 months ago

    My son and I took this trail on a Friday morning in mid-September, and pretty much had the trail to ourselves; only met 8-10 people along the 5.6 miles. We started at Jakes Creek, and the last leg was an easy stroll alongside Little River. Though there are no major waterfalls or overlooks on this trail, you can still find amazing beauty. On this trail I saw for the first time the Dolls Eye Plant. We also saw numerous mushrooms and other fungi, and many types of wildflowers still in bloom. In the upper reaches of the trail you could see where the name Cucumber Gap comes from; there were many pods strewn along the path from the Cucumber Tree (aka Mountain Magnolia). This was an excellent hike, not too strenuous for a "not-in-the-best-shape" guy in his early 60s.

    Tim Hall completed Porters Creek Trail

    10 months ago

    Tim Hall completed Thunder Rock Express Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tim Hall updated Warriors Path Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Tim Hall completed Gatlinburg Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Tim Hall added Leg Stretcher

    almost 3 years ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Rainbow Falls

    about 3 years ago

    A very enjoyable and easy hike. My adult son and I spent a couple of hours enjoying the pretty waterfall as well as the numerous species of wildflowers (including jack-in-the-pulpit and Vasey's Trillium). It's half a mile from the Parksville Lake Campground, just off U.S. 64 near Benton, TN, and the parking area also serves the Clemmer Trail. Highly recommended!

    Tim Hall reviewed Rainbow Falls

    about 3 years ago

    A wonderful easy hike to a sweet little waterfall. My son (adult) and I did this one in a couple of hours, stopping often to photograph the many varieties of wildflowers, including jack-in-the-pulpit, Vasey's Trillium, and pink lady slipper. This is a half-mile from the Parksville Campground of the Cherokee National Forest; the same parking area also serves the Clemmer Trail. Excellent hike!

    Tim Hall completed Rainbow Falls

    about 3 years ago

    Tim Hall added Rainbow Falls

    about 3 years ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Benton Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    My son (adult) and I camped at Parksville CG, and this hike was one we chose to do. We went early on Friday morning, and it was a great experience. This is one of the prettier waterfalls (cascades, to be exact) I've seen, and I've seen several. Good water flow for early May. We had about 30 minutes at the base of the falls to ourselves to take photos. The trail was nice, too; we saw some wonderful wildflowers: flame azaleas were in bloom, mountain laurel was just opening up; saw a couple of nice jack-in-the-pulpits and a couple of pink lady slippers. A wonderful hike!

    Tim Hall completed Benton Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Clemmer Trail

    about 3 years ago

    My son (adult) and I hiked about 2 miles of this trail; we were breaking camp around noon, and wanted to get in a nice hike before leaving. An easy trail to follow; the first 1/3 mile or so is a little steep, but the grade falls back after that to an easy stroll. Pleasant scenery along the way, but we were thrilled to find a couple of pink lady slippers beside the trail; one a near-perfect specimen. We met a couple of hikers on our way back, and about four different mountain bikers. For a Saturday morning in early May, we were glad to have the trail to ourselves.

    Tim Hall completed Clemmer Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Hooker Falls Trail - DuPont State Forest

    about 3 years ago

    I've wavered on how to rate this spot. For a hike, it's barely a three, as the stroll down to the base of the falls is maybe a quarter of a mile on a gravel road. But for a waterfall, it's easily a four-star rating. I was frankly surprised at how pretty this was, and the number of vantage points is impressive. The park is attempting to restore the surrounding area, so you might not be able to get as close as you would like for photos, but it's still worth the trip. Nearby are several other waterfalls, so why not take a few minutes to enjoy this one, too?

    Tim Hall reviewed Wintergreen Falls

    about 3 years ago

    I needed an easy hike to get my body out of winter mode, and this hike seemed to fill the bill. The hike is nothing spectacular; the path is mostly a service road, used by bikers and horse riders. There are very few markings, leading first-time hikers (like myself and one other hiker I encountered) to question whether vital turns had been missed. But at the strategic points, there are large signs that would be really hard to miss. The waterfall is pretty, located in a secluded spot. For the purposes I had on this day, it was just what I needed.

    Tim Hall completed Wintergreen Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Tim Hall completed Hooker Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Tim Hall added Wintergreen Falls

    about 3 years ago

    Tim Hall saved Wintergreen Falls Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Hawk Creek Valley Suspension Bridge

    almost 4 years ago

    I give this hike four stars because it is a secluded, just-you-and-nature kind of hike. I did this on a Wednesday morning in mid-July and saw no one over the 4 miles there and back. I started at the trail head off of highway 1956. The trail is not always well-marked, but you never really have any doubts where the trail is going. Deep woods, interesting rock formations; this is a nice trek. The suspension bridge was a bit of a disappointment for me, though it's in good shape; it's only about eight feet down to the water below. By the time I got there, I had forgotten there was a waterfall near the bridge, so I missed that. I did the hike in 2 hours at a leisurely pace. The tracking feature of the AllTrails app showed that there is an 827 feet elevation gain from the bridge back to the trail head, so it's not quite as easy as some have suggested. But neither is it strenuous. Recommended.

    Tim Hall added Lovely Hike

    almost 4 years ago

    Tim Hall added Warriors Path Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Devil's Backbone Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Tim Hall added Devil's Backbone Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Honeymoon Falls Trail

    over 4 years ago

    A group of us, including some young children, did this hike recently. The "moderate" rating seems about right; there are some fairly steep hills to climb. But the beauty of this trail makes the effort well worth it. The "waterfall" may be a misnomer; there was just a trickle when we were there, but we had just come through a few weeks of little rain. On our hike (on a Saturday afternoon in late October) we saw only one other family near the end of our hike. This was our second time to hike it, and we'll probably do it again at our next reunion.

    Tim Hall completed Honeymoon Falls Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Tim Hall completed Bald River Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Bald River Trail

    over 4 years ago

    My son, daughter-in-law and I did this trail in early fall 2013, and found it to be spectacular. We started at Bald River Falls, went to the intersection with Cow Camp Trail (about 1.4 miles), then followed Cow Camp Trail down the ridge, back to Tellico Creek Road, and back to the Falls parking area - about 3.5 - 4 miles. Some steep climbing in places, and the trail, in wet conditions, could be considered dangerous. But the view of several falls and cascades make it a worthwhile trek. The one negative was that there are no markings to help you along on this trail; no blazes on the trees and no signposts. You should find good directions, print them out and take them with you.

    Tim Hall reviewed Guest River Gorge Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Chin. To Fire Tower

    about 5 years ago

    I'm going to assume this is the Lakeside Trial at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, TN, combined with the Fire Tower spur trail. I did this hike on May 27, 2013 (Memorial Day) in near-perfect conditions. I started just before 10:00 a.m., and met few people until the latter end of the hike. This is a good leg-stretcher if you only do the 2.4 mile Lakeside Trail. Add in the .7 mile (each way) spur to the Fire Tower, and you've got a lung-stretcher, too, as you make a steep ascent in places. I chose this trail to break in a new pair of hiking shoes, and it was a most pleasant 2+ hour hike. (I had to pay $4 at the gate to drive up to the park, but it was well worth it.)

    Tim Hall completed Fire Tower Trail Loop

    about 5 years ago

    Tim Hall reviewed Rock Creek Falls Trail

    about 5 years ago

    I did this hike for the first time in many years, and was reminded how nice it is. I started the hike late Tuesday morning in mid-May; only met one couple the entire hike. The falls at the end of the trail is a nice pay-off, but there are several picturesque cascades and small falls along the way. The trail is good, but rocky, so good hiking shoes are a must. Also be prepared to ford the stream four different times. (I never did get my shoes - or feet - wet.) On this hike the miniature iris were in bloom, but it looks like I was a week or so late for the trillium. A marvelous hike!

    Tim Hall completed Rattlesnake Ridge Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Tim Hall completed Lake Ridge Trail

    about 5 years ago