Join the largest community of outdoor enthusiasts.

Get Started
  • Stats
  • Activity
  • Completed
  • Recordings
  • Lists
  • Reviews
  • Photos
  • Profile
  • Recent Activity

    Tomoko McGuire completed Old Rag Mountain Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Tomoko McGuire reviewed Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista Trail

    6 months ago

    I went on a cloudy day which was kinda nice b/c the trail was empty but also meant we didn't get to see the view from the top. Fun hike with some good elevation gain but know that to get to the trailhead there's a four mile stretch of gravel road which kinda sucks. Definitely wanna go back on a clear day!

    Tomoko McGuire completed Mount Si Trail

    6 months ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Hidden Springs Trail

    9 months ago

    Tomoko McGuire reviewed Downstream Trail to Blue Hole

    9 months ago

    I wouldn't really call this a hike but it was nice nonetheless - you take a short (but steep and slippery) walk down to the river. Rock Island seems to be made up of a bunch of little trails so if you want to do some hiking in the park, I'd recommend just doing all the trails. My friend and I did this in a day and ended up with about 7-8 miles total. None of the trails are difficult and most of them are easy to follow plus you get to see more of the park (which is pretty and well-maintained) that way!

    The only downside when we went was that they had to close off the gorge b/c of flooding so we weren't able to go into it. I do hope to go back someday when that's not an issue!

    Tomoko McGuire reviewed Walls of Jericho Trail

    9 months ago

    Fun trail but as the reviews before me said, it is a valley so the hard part is in the second half of the hike. I think it's a pretty good trail for a range of hikers - if you're an avid hiker it's not a challenge but it's still nice and if you're newish it'll be difficult but manageable. There are definitely prettier waterfalls in this part of the country that take less effort to get to but if you want to get some exercise in it's worth checking out.

    The trail is pretty easy to follow and completely empty when I went. I started from the Alabama side though so I'm not sure how it is from the Tennessee side. You hike down through some woods, across a creek, past a small cemetery, and end up in a natural amphitheater. The trail just sorta ends and you can explore the area. I sorta wish I had brought some sandals when I got to the end b/c most of the rocks were submerged so I ended up getting my feet and shoes wet trying to get closer to the waterfall (and hiking in wet shoes is never fun). Do be careful while exploring the area though. I slipped and fell on the wet rocks and got bruised pretty bad.

    Tomoko McGuire completed Walls of Jericho Trail

    9 months ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Ramsay Cascades Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Window Cliffs

    about 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte

    about 1 year ago

    Fun hike! It's somewhat crowded but not that bad. I went on a Saturday and was still able to find parking within a quarter mile of the trail head with no problem even though I got there at 10AM. You also don't have to pay for parking which is p great. You get a nice view of the surrounding hills climbing up but there's no payoff at the top which is somewhat disappointing; the best view I saw was on the trail after the lodge and before Myrtle Point.

    It took a little over two hours going up since I wanted to spend a lot of time at the top and then took my time coming down. If you're a new hiker I think you can still do this trail, just be sure you give yourself a lot of time for breaks. The trail feels very safe and well-maintained so if you wanna go it alone you should be fine. If you're not going on a sunny day I'd definitely advise bringing a jacket. I didn't which was fine at the top when it was sunny but it got pretty foggy and chilly after a while.

    You might want to bring a little bit of cash too; there's a little brochure they sell at the trail head that's a dollar and they sell coffee/hot chocolate at the lodge for $4 for unlimited refills. They also sell lunches I think but I didn't check the prices on those. (that said, still pack food and water) There's toilets at the lodge/cabin area too so you won't have to pop a squat in the woods if you gotta go.

    Tomoko McGuire reviewed Virgin Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The hike to Virgin Falls is easy since it's all downhill but the hike back is definitely harder. We went straight to Virgin Falls then hiked out to Sheep's Cave and back. If you decide to check out Sheep's Cave be warned that there's an old logging trail by the cave that looks like the main trail but isn't. The main trail actually splits off before you get to Sheep's Cave and is sorta behind this big boulder. If you've passed Sheep's Cave and the trail starts disappearing/looking really sketch you're on the wrong trail and should turn back. The man at the beginning warned us that the trail gets confusing around Sheep's Cave and that we should stick to the trail markings but the trail markings around Sheep's Cave aren't really well-maintained. Fortunately we ran into another group of hikers while lost on the logging trail and they helped us get back.

    Other than that this is a p fun hike. Virgin Falls is really pretty and there's a few cool waterfalls leading up to it. We were only out for a day hike but it seems like there's a ton of camping spots around Virgin Falls and along the whole trail. (The cavern behind Big Laurel Falls seems like it would be a really neat place to camp in in particular) The main trail is pretty well-maintained for the most part and not too crowded even though we went on a beautiful Saturday. So far this is one of the nicest hikes I've been on in Tennessee so if you're looking to hike around here I'd recommend it!

    Tomoko McGuire completed Virgin Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire reviewed Mossy Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Very close to Nashville. If you're trying to get to this trail I'd recommend starting at Chickering Trailhead; if you just search it via Google Maps it'll take you somewhere in the middle of Percy Warner and then you'll get lost trying to find the trail. The trail itself is well-maintained and lined with red markers so once you're on it it's very easy to follow. No payoffs (there's a small lookout bench that branches off at one point in the trail but that's about it) but it's a nice quick hike in the woods that's v conveniently located.

    If you're just getting into hiking and live in Nashville this would probably be a good place to start! Also, if you're looking to add mileage to your hike, you can take the Cane Connector Trail to Edwin Warner Park (just follow the signs and striped markers) and check out some of the trails there before heading back and completing Mossy Ridge.

    Tomoko McGuire reviewed Volunteer Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Not much elevation and not a difficult trail but it is longer (if you do the whole day trail in addition to the Volunteer trail it ends up being around 13 miles). I'd echo earlier complaints about garbage; this hike could be much nicer but there's a lot of trash and people on the boats by the lake are often very loud so you might want to try to hike this on a weekday. There's no payoff; it just sorta ends at the campsites and then you walk back. The trail's pretty badly overgrown at parts especially near the end. If you're feeling tired you won't miss much by turning around early.

    Tomoko McGuire reviewed Fiery Gizzard Trail to Raven's Point

    over 1 year ago

    Done this hike a few times now; it's my favorite hike near Nashville so far. There's not a lot of elevation gain but the rocky terrain makes it more difficult. I personally like taking this trail out and then the Dog Hole trail back from Raven's Point so you get to see two different trails in one hike. Be sure to keep an eye on the white trail markers b/c the trail isn't well-maintained or even distinctive at some points and I definitely wandered off the path a few times. The map you can pick up at the Cumberland State Park Visitor's Center isn't accurate at some points either so rely more on the markers; they're pretty frequent so you'll be able to follow them the whole way. The trail's usually pretty empty too which is nice.

    No specialized hiking equipment is necessary for this trail (I only have tennis shoes so gotta make do with that) but boots or poles may be a good idea b/c the rocks. Also bring bug spray/a stick to knock down spider webs.

    Tomoko McGuire completed Mossy Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire added WA Hikes

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire added TN Hikes

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Bridal Veil Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Tolmie Peak Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Heather Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Fragrance Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Lake 22 Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Beacon Rock Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tomoko McGuire completed Oyster Dome Trail

    over 1 year ago