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    Marissa Webb added wash

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    Marissa Webb reviewed Margarette Falls Trail

    5 months ago

    We took a dog hiking on this trail and he loved it! It was snow covered and icy and gorgeous. Very easy and short.

    Marissa Webb completed Margarette Falls Trail

    5 months ago

    Marissa Webb reviewed House Mountain

    5 months ago

    Both overlooks are nice but the East overlook is the best in my opinion. We hammocked between two trees overlooking the mountains and it was gorgeous. Definitely a little challenging because of the elevation gain.

    Marissa Webb reviewed House Mountain

    7 months ago

    Definitely a workout. We went in peak leaf season and oh wow, the beauty... will be going back to see what each season has to offer here.

    Marissa Webb completed House Mountain

    7 months ago

    Marissa Webb saved House Mountain

    7 months ago

    Marissa Webb reviewed Lilly's Bluff Trail

    9 months ago

    Marissa Webb completed Point Trail

    9 months ago

    Marissa Webb reviewed Jump Off Trail via Appalachain Trail

    9 months ago

    No, this trail is not poorly marked whatsoever. This is why you research point for point before going hiking. The big wooden sign reading "Jump Off" with an arrow up the trail is unmistakable. We go every year on Sept. 28th for our anniversary. Last year was clear views but this year, we got to hike in the clouds! It was amazing going right up to the edge and looking over the 500 foot drop off into just clouds, and watching them whirl and whisp in over the AT. Absolutely magical.

    Marissa Webb reviewed Cumberland Trail - Grassy Cove Section

    11 months ago

    My fiancé and I are avid hikers, usually in WNC and the Southern Appalachians. We choose trails around here for conditioning hikes of a shorter drive. Always, there are interesting spots to take in the beauty of nature. This trail was the biggest disappointment we have EVER experienced. There must be a lack of funding for the Cumberland Trail, that is all I can think of. We passed the parking pull-off twice, and finally found the sign on the post- it was not visible from the road and was only 3 inches wide! We hiked 3 miles in and 3 out, never saw anything interesting, just lots of litter and an old tire. The signage was very inadequate. The trails were almost overgrown, and there was quite a bit of bush-whacking. We were covered head to toe in seed ticks and the gnats and flies swarmed our heads relentlessly the entire time. My fiancé ended up with over 50 seed tick bites on just one leg! We never came to any "overlook sign" and we don't plan to come back, either. Having hiked over a thousand miles together, this was the first absolute letdown.

    Marissa Webb saved Cloudland Trail

    11 months ago

    Marissa Webb reviewed Appalachian Trail Three Bald Hike

    11 months ago

    This trail is incredible. We set up camp on Round Bald and trekked up to Grassy Ridge Bald. The views are immaculate. The wildlife is abundant. We sat on the third bald taking in the views, when a beautiful doe walked right up to us, about 10 feet away! She watched us and continued eating, not a care in the world that we were there! There were lots of rabbits up there, as well.

    Marissa Webb reviewed Jane Bald

    11 months ago

    Don't stop at Jane Bald! Press on and keep going to the top of Grassy Ridge Bald. It is absolutely gorgeous up there. The entire hike was filled with nonstop views and the immanent aroma of the spruce-fir forest. Nothing beats this place.

    Marissa Webb reviewed Virgin Falls Trail

    11 months ago

    This is an old favorite of ours. We have come here many times in the past 6 years and always find it new and even more beautiful than the hike before. Do not underestimate this hike, though. It is pretty tough, especially if you are not in good shape.

    Marissa Webb reviewed Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls

    about 1 year ago

    This was a last-last minute decision hike since we traveled 3 hrs and Max Patch road was inaccessible due to many downed trees. We pulled over and saw this on AllTrails, and we love the Cosby area, so it was perfect! For about 95% of the 2.2 miles the falls, there is all uphill, mostly a steady incline but enough to get your heart pumping! The forest is gorgeous as are the wildflowers in spring, the footbridges, and at last- Hen Wallow Falls at the end!! Go after lots of rain! This is a great place to picnic and relax. There are a few partial views of the surrounding mountains, too. Most of the way back is downhill and much faster descent. We termed this trail "Mount Cammerer's Little Sister" because of the 900 foot elevation gain on this trail. :)

    Marissa Webb completed Cosby Self-Guided Nature Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Marissa Webb reviewed Amber's Den Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Okay, so I'm thinking half of the reviewers didn't begin at the correct trail? We just did this trail yesterday and oh my, the trail and the overlook were SPECTACULAR! So let's clear up the confusion now to avoid terrible ratings due to not even being on the actual trail. You drive down Scott's Gulf Rd and immediately after the Virgin Fall trailhead, you take the road on the right (Welch's Cemetary rd). You drive a small bit and there is a gravel pull-off on the left hand side. Not sure how there was confusion as Google Maps leads you right to here. There are two poles, a red and blue stating foot traffic only. This is the beginning of the trail. The trail itself is very well-marked. The blazes are little metal reflective circles with hikers on them. Also, hikers have contributed to rock cairns at the spots you turn on the trail. Major tip- Look for the blazes, as there are little side trails that aren't part of the trail. The first part is not spectacular, just an old logging road you take for over a mile. THEN, you turn left and go into a beautiful almost magical part of the forest following a cascading creek and overlook to a pretty big waterfall below. Keep going; when you start ascending the mountain, you're getting close. Make sure to keep RIGHT at the sign that says Amber's Den Ridge Trail; DO NOT go left to "Amber's Den". Keep going straight across the gravel rd through the red gate.The overlook comes 400 feet from here. We had the entire trail and overlook to ourselves and it was lovely. We hammocked and watched the sunset. You can take the gravel Rd back to the parking area (1.8 miles) -- I definitely recommend this if it's getting dark. Whomever said there was no wildlife is mistaken. We saw 3 dear leaping through the forest, 4 turkeys fighting, a possum or raccoon in the dark as we were getting in the car, and lots of pretty wildflowers and centipedes as well as mushrooms. **If you do not have a few hours and want to skip the trail to see only the overlook, you can drive to the dead end of Welch Rd and park for the 400 foot walk to the overlook (Welch's Point). However, the hike is amazing and probably 75% of the excitement of this trail.

    Marissa Webb saved Amber's Den Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Marissa Webb completed Amber's Den Ridge Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Marissa Webb reviewed Spruce Flats Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    With each new hike we do in the Smokies, we fall deeper in love with these mountains. This trail was no exception. From the parking lot at the Institute, you will walk uphill to the gravel way and follow well-marked signs from there. While only two miles total, the elevation gain up some of the rocky inclines can be a little tough. I would recommend hiking poles and plenty of water and snacks. There is a nice overlook about halfway to the falls, and the actual falls are gorgeous and flowing, as long as we are not in another drought. You can also climb to the top of the falls on a very steep side trail (would not advise for anyone with younger kids or anyone not in good shape). You'll have to do some tricky rock and root climbing but being at the top of the falls is lovely. There's another waterfall up there not visible from below, and then some smaller ones cascading above those! We put up the hammock here and relaxed the afternoon away. We passed 2 groups of young kids coming out, and just a dad and his two younger kids on the way with us. The institute does lots of field trips so kids all around is not uncommon.

    Marissa Webb completed Spruce Flats Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Marissa Webb saved Spruce Flats Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Marissa Webb reviewed Max Patch Trail

    over 1 year ago

    There truly just aren't adequate words to describe this place. The drive up is not bad at all, contrary to many reviewers. You are in the mountains, mind you, so yes it is a very windy and bumpy road with deep pot holes, a true mountain road- and your car will get very dusty/dirty. But when you park and start the trek to the top of the bald, you are welcomed with second-to-none views of mountainscapes. It's beyond breath-taking. We hike everywhere in the Smokies and middle TN, and this is by far the most rewarding view we've ever seen. When you sit at the top, it's pure silence, even with others there, it's an amazing absence of sound with no cars or motors; you will feel like you're truly in Heaven. Pictures and videos could never do it justice. Max Patch is a place you have to experience for yourself. Connect to the Appalachian Trail with the white blaze posts and hike along the side of the mountain, taking in the views. We are coming back in the Spring to camp here. A warm winter day would be the most ideal for viewing mountains, as they aren't as hazy with humidity. This is my new favorite place in the world.

    Marissa Webb saved Concord Park Trails

    over 1 year ago

    Marissa Webb reviewed Black Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Today was the day we actually hiked and explored more than just to the overlook and back, which we have done probably 5 or 6 times. And WOW at what we have been missing! Below the overlook, you are introduced to HUGE boulders and interesting rock formations. I'm not really sure what sections of trails we followed, as we cut back on and off the trail so many times. We came across the remains of a pretty big house foundation and tall chimney attached to it on the way back off the old jeep trail. We explored it and took pics that I will add. I researched the history of this and also the spring house & chimney you pass at the very beginning, and these date back to the 1800s! So very cool to enter the doorway of the remnants of this home and walk around where the family lived so long ago. We had no idea this was even here just going to the overlook and back! Next time when we have more daylight we will go explore the Windless Cave and finish the entire trail to Brady Mtn.