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Great hike. A little longer than All Trails says but that is a good thing. Very lightly travel on this day only saw a handful of other folks on the trail. We did it clockwise and did it in just about 2.5 hours. Very wide to begin but narrowed then widened at the end. Bonus: you get to pass Col Chapman’s residence.

amazing view! however the trail is very Rocky and needs maintenance. Difficult to enjoy the hike when your trying to make sure you don't twist an ankle on the way down.

We just did the Fontana damn this morning ! Beautiful & WOW

A little deceiving...the elevation gain at beginning and end (x2 if you are doing it as an out and back) can really wipe you out quickly.

It was hard but we loved it

Started on the little river side and followed it upstream making a more gradual assent for probably 3.5 miles when we got to cucumber gap it was a pretty steep descent but very passable. When we got back to the Appalachian club cabins it was interesting to see how many are still standing, Trip was more than 6 miles total. If you start on the Jakes creek side then your climb comes first and its downhill from the gap but you're following the river downstream which is less scenic.

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2 days ago

Good trail beautiful views, had a wonderful morning hike to the jump off. Definitely would recommend to everyone.

My wife and I are used to trails in Central Illinois, so this was a nice upper easy/intermediate trail for us. The trail was perfect for us. We took the loop which starts out as a nice wide path, but turns into a horse trail, so watch your step! LOL. There hasn't been much rain, so I'm guessing water levels are down for the falls, but overall was a beautiful stroll through the woods. We loved seeing all the falls, some were bigger than others, but I found myself drawn to the calm and sereness of the smaller brooks. The sound of the water trickling over the rocks is so soothing. A note: about 2/3 of the way, you come to a bridge. Take the extra time to go up and to the right - not very far at all, to see the Indian Springs Falls entrance. It will be worth the time and trip down the steps. We saw fish and a Blue Heron hunting, and the falls were really pretty too.

Hiked this morning. Left about 8am and made it to the top about 9:30; back to the bottom about 10:30. Only saw two groups on the way up; lots of people heading up as we were coming down. I am pretty slow/out of shape but with some stops along the way we made it. It’s a steady incline the whole way, with lots of rocks and tree roots to navigate. Overall though, very well maintained and easy to follow. There was a lot of fog, so we didn’t see too much. The trail itself was neat; I’d do it again to try to make it the extra few miles to Charlie’s Bunyon if I was in better shape.

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4 days ago

Great drive. Fun for the whole family.

Incredible views

Love love love this hike the steady elevation gain can be difficult at time but well worth the effort once you make the top. I would give this a 5 star if it wasn’t for the fact that you have to go through the cafes cove loop to get there LOL

We left around 830am and the trail wasn’t too busy. The trail is a bit longer than we read, overall we hiked 11.8 miles and it took us around 4.5 hours. This was a strenuous hike with a lengthy incline in the beginning and another lengthy decline closer to the site, which means two large inclines throughout the hike. Lots of rocks and climbing so wear good shoes. Overall a great hike with a view worth the climb.

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5 days ago

Hike to Indian flats balls

Favorite trail in the Smokes. Fabulous view. Not many people on trail so we got to view point and had a snack by ourselves. After we went to Charles Bunion. That was neat too.

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7 days ago

We did this entire loop in one day with full packs on. We weren’t planning on it, just decided to hoof it out once we made it to campsite 35. Our route was Low Gap > AT > Mt. Cammerer > AT > Lower Mt. Cammerer, starting and ending in Cosby Campground. Low Gap is a climb. I believe about 2200ft in 2.5 miles, if you go that route from Cosby. All in all, we climbed around 2600ft in 5-6 miles from Cosby to the fire tower on Mt. Cammerer. Definitely a workout, but the view is worth it. The fire tower is beautiful, and you can see for miles on a clear day. You’ll be able to see into NC and TN. The rest of the trip down was easy compared to the first leg. The AT descends from Mt. Cammerer heading north. Lower Mount Cammerer is an easy hike heading down and pretty. You can find an old graveyard just off Lower Mt. Cammerer with numerous headstones. None but one has print on it, which is dated to 1912. Good hike and the views are worth it!

I hiked from Clingmans Dome, not in the recording, to Fontana Dam. The trail was in good shape. This was the hardest hike I have done in the Smokies.

We arrived later than planned at Balsam Mountain Campground and wanted to take a quick walk after we set up our camp. Nature trail was convenient t because it started in the campground. We only took first mile. Once we got to the road we headed back to camp. Nothing spectacular to see, but was a nice way to stretch our legs.

This was good as you get to see 3 different trails. The little river is super pretty and flat, cucumber gap is slightly uphill and narrow. Then Jacobs creek is a short wide trail and flat. Little river is a Nice trail to jog or mountain bike along the river. Also you can bike from the town of gatlinburg, to the welcome center then to laurel falls and lastly little river, cucumber gap and Jacobs creek. Good active day with easy riding and hiking.

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