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    Matthew Kerr completed Curry Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Matthew Kerr completed Lynn Camp Prong Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Matthew Kerr added Lincoln

    almost 2 years ago

    Matthew Kerr reviewed Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve

    almost 4 years ago

    This trail is a nice escape from the heat of campus. It offers numerous quiet places for sitting and enjoying a bit of nature. This preserve once offered many nice and interesting attractions, including gardens of native insectivorous plants. Unfortunately, the preserve seems to have fallen into disrepair. When I visited in July, 2014, the native plant gardens were overgrown and many trees had been recently cut (possibly due to storm damage). This natural area is too small to simply leave logs alongside the trail like when managing larger parks and trails. It's a real shame that this wildflower preserve isn't maintained well. While there was a sheltered display board at the beginning that might have once held maps, information, and so forth, it was barren during my visit. Nevertheless, it was a blistering hot day on campus, and I enjoyed sitting by the pond for a few minutes.

    Matthew Kerr completed Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr reviewed Lynn Camp Prong Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    This is a nice trail with Campsite #28 near the middle. Look out for horse poop and horseflies! It's uphill all the way approaching from the west, but then downhill on the return trip (if you go out the same way you came in). Just a small portion of Lynn Camp Prong shows up on the Google map above. Follow the link to the official trail map of the park or look on Google Earth.

    Matthew Kerr updated Lynn Camp Prong Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr added Lynn Camp Prong Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr reviewed Campsite #28

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr updated Campsite #28

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr added Campsite #28

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr reviewed Middle Prong Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    This is a very nice trail that runs along the Middle Prong stream from the Great Smokey Mountains Institute at Tremont to the trailhead of Greenbrier Ridge Trail. It follows an historical logging road for most of the way and includes several interesting side trails with artifacts to explore. It also has a short detour to Indian Flats Falls - a very nice site to visit. Horses can (and do) use this trail, so there's plenty of horse poop to dodge, making this trail very educational for those who don't watch where they are going. One big downside of this trail is that it has lots of horseflies. They will irritate you the entire time and aren't bothered a bit by the natural insect repellent that I was using. It is still worth the trip, though.

    Matthew Kerr updated Third Creek Greenway

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr updated Middle Prong Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr completed Middle Prong Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr updated Middle Prong Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr reviewed Indian Flats Falls

    almost 4 years ago

    Another review mentions that this trail is not marked. There is a very good reason for that: Indian Flats Falls is not a trail unto itself, but rather a short side attraction along the Middle Prong Trail. Note all of the tracks on this page for Indian Flats Falls are actually tracks of Middle Prong! The falls themselves are very nice and well worth the detour. Follow Middle Prong to a slightly obscure side trail at 35.59324 N 083.63224 W. The falls themselves are about 1,000 yards down this side trail at 35.59254 N 083.63278 W. When I visited on 6/29/14, this side trail was rocky, muddy, washed out, overgrown, and full of insects. Although short, you need to use caution on the descent to the falls and the ascent back to the main trail. I would not recommend it for small children. Nevertheless, this is a nice detour and Indian Flats Falls should not be missed!

    Matthew Kerr updated Indian Flats Falls

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr reviewed Tremont Logging History Auto Tour

    almost 4 years ago

    This is a very nice drive along an historic site on the way to the trailhead of the Middle Prong Trail. There are plenty of spots to pull off and enjoy the stream. The guide brochure is very informative. You can drive, walk, bike, or ride a horse. Park at the cul-de-sac at the trailhead end and do some walking in the woods. It's very enjoyable.

    Matthew Kerr completed Tremont Logging History Auto Tour

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr reviewed James White Greenway

    almost 4 years ago

    This is a nice section of the overall Knoxville greenway system. It's perfectly flat and runs right along the river. You can park at the east end and walk/bike/etc. to the Neyland end, where you can continue on or detour into downtown Knoxville. It goes by the boathouses, so you can get a look at some huge yachts if that's your thing.

    Matthew Kerr completed James White Greenway

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr added James White Greenway

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr completed James White Greenway

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr added James White Greenway

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr updated Ramsey Cascades Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr reviewed Ramsey Cascades Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    This trail is no joke. It's 4 miles uphill, followed by 4 miles downhill. The downhill return trek is easier than the uphill one, but still tricky in places. Ramsey Cascades earned its very hard rating. The hike is well worth the effort, though. This trail has everything - bears, butterflies, beautiful stream views, challenging hike, and amazing cascades at the top. We hiked this one on the first day of summer, thinking that because the trail and the cascades are really far out in the middle of nowhere, maybe we could avoid the tourists out of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Nope. Still, four miles up a mountain in the fairly remote Appalachians we found flip flop-clad, no-water-having tourists asking dumb questions. My recommendation is definitely hike this trail, but do your research and don't be "that guy." Ramsey Cascades is a difficult, but wonderful trail. Take a trekking pole, lunch, and plenty of water.

    Matthew Kerr completed Ramsay Cascades Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr reviewed Third Creek Greenway

    almost 4 years ago

    As urban greenways go, this one is ok. It's good for biking, walking, and running. It's hilly, so don't ride the cruiser - you need a couple gears. Tyson park has lots of stuff for kids to play on. If you continue onto the Bearden Village Greenway along Sutherland Avenue, be sure to stop at Dead End BBQ. They have the best wings on earth. One complaint is that the greenways aren't always clearly marked. There's bunch of them that connect, sometimes in rather haphazard ways that don't always make sense. Riding the entire 16-mile connected track might be nice, but study up on the city map first. Or better yet, print it out and take it with you.

    Matthew Kerr completed Third Creek Greenway

    almost 4 years ago

    Matthew Kerr reviewed Abrams Falls Trail

    about 4 years ago

    This is a very nice trail, with some caveats that should be understood before hiking this one. First, the good: the trail is a nice, enjoyable out-and-back with minimal elevation change (ca. 250 feet). It's suitable for anyone in decent physical condition. There are plenty of nice views of the creek and lots of wildlife. There are several water crossings, but all have bridges. The falls at the end are beautiful and are accompanied by a large, cool pool suitable for swimming (just stay away from the turbulent bottom of the falls). The parts that run right by the creek also offer opportunities for a quick dip, so take a towel. There were several muddy spots on the day we hiked, along with plenty of exposed roots on the trail, but that's to be expected. Overall a great afternoon. Now for the bad: the major problem is Cades Cove Loop, which you must drive to get to the trailhead (it's between site marker 10 and 11). This loop is a special sort of sadistic hell that nearly drove me crazy. For more description of that drive, see my review of the "Cades Cove" trail. 1.5 hours to get in and another 1.5 hours to get out. It was torture. You will see all sorts of dummies on this trail. It is indeed heavily traveled. It's a touristy spot, so people will be in flip-flops and have no water (or sense), which is totally inappropriate for this trail. The difficulty is moderate and you need to be prepared. The map and trail info on the AllTrails site are incorrect. I submitted revised info, but as of 6/16/14 they haven't updated the page. The map that you see displayed that shows a ca. 12.5 mile loop is completely incorrect. Abrams Falls trail runs 2.5 miles each way from the trailhead to the falls. Look at some of the other tracks. They are correct - the incorrect loop one is from someone who continued on and circled back to the beginning by crossing a few ridge tops to the north of the actual trail. It also doesn't have 2125 feet of elevation gain. It's about 250 feet of gain. Hopefully they will update that with the new info I submitted. The usage should be listed as heavy. So, in summary, do your research on this trail so that you will be informed beyond what is shown at the right of this page. Also, hike this one during some off time so that you don't get stuck in traffic for 3 hours. Consider yourself warned.