hiking
2 days ago

The kids loved the stream crossings. The mountain laurel is still in abundance and beautiful. Look for the flame azalea. There’s several nice displays of it. Can’t wait for Gregory Bald in a few weeks.

Great short loop hike not too long not too short took around 2 hours and that’s with stopping taking pictures not rushing!

Great trail, we stopped at campsite #60 for the night. Even with all the rain we’ve had the trail wasn’t washed out, just muddy along the way. Lots of salamanders, a box turtle, and some snakes kept us company. The waterfalls along the way we’re beautiful, and we had plenty of water sources.

on Meigs Creek Trail

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

Features: - creek crossings (which were high as it had just rained) - one waterfall - pretty scenery, few views - about a mile in, the trail turns away from the highway and gets much quieter and less crowded Footwear: waterproof boots or maybe chacos Water: 2–3 liters was good Parking: small lot, had to find somewhere along the shoulder

hiking
blowdown
muddy
7 days ago

Hike this trail early. We hiked an hour in & back and only saw 3 families. Trail entrance is behind the stone water fall lookout by parking lot. I rate this a moderate trail because of the roots, mud, moss,& river crossings. Not recommended for families with small kids due to water crossings. All crossings are over rocks. Many trees down to climb over or under. No Mountain View’s, but plenty of river and sweet sounds of flowing water on the entire hike. We hike to the mini falls. Falls accessible off a steep narrow trail. Good place to stop for a rest before returning.

Great trails for those who are less adventurous or cannot tolerate the steeper trails. Enjoyed the falls, and the coolness of the shade, and all the pretty sights along the way. Stay on the main areas as the woodsier trails are straight up and less traveled.

We enjoyed this trail a lot. There were some gradual moderate ups and some gradual moderate downs. But nothing overly demanding. Minimal creek crossings. A couple of steep inclines and declines but they were short. Highly recommend.

We hiked in 1.3 miles with kids. Gentle incline, wide trail. Beautiful stream the whole route. Hiked a little farther than the first waterfall (.8 in).

Nice drive

on Meigs Creek Trail

hiking
blowdown
muddy
9 days ago

We did this hike today after several days of light rain. There were many muddy spots, lots of downed trees to climb over and MANY creek crossings where you are guaranteed to get wet. We were certainly glad to have our hiking poles to maneuver the challenges. A Smokies pop up shower soaked us on the return trip. It was literally shocking how quickly the creeks rose and how rapidly they were running. The creek crossings became treacherous and even frightening at times. Both my hiking partner and I slid on mossy rocks and fell into the creeks. We passed several folks in sandals, carrying young children across the creeks- certainly not something I would attempt. With all the creek crossings, I consider this trail unsafe for children this time of year.

Good trail. Some climbing over downed trees. Vehicles are actively being towed like ours. Do not park on the road leading up to the gate. I would avoid this entrance to the park.

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
bugs
muddy
rocky
washed out
16 days ago

running
blowdown
20 days ago

Ran this trail as an out and back to get a few miles in before work. I read it has something like 18 creek crossings and I can attest there were so many I lost count. Your feet will get soaked, a few are not passable by rock hopping. To really take in the falls about 1.7mi from the trail head you have to go down a very short tiny trail off the main trail. There were many blow downs along the way, which made for some interesting puzzles. To enjoy this hike you’ll need to be ok with wet feet and have the ability to get over blow downs. This normally would be a easy hike but the blow downs and crossings make it moderate. I did it at 8am on a Tuesday and saw no one until the very end. Saw a coyote (not sure they have them here) or a huge fox when I went down to check out the falls off the side trail, I looked up and there it was staring at me from the main trail!

I did this loop beginning at Goldmine Trailhead rather than Abrams. I was skeptical because of reviews, which only made me appreciate it when everything turned out great! Little Bottoms was the only trouble with big downed trees, but it was fun! I didn’t see another person the entire 11.2. Trail wasn’t marked, but easy to follow. Hatcher Mtn Tr was overgrown in some places, yes. But it was fine! Super enjoyable as the Smokies never disappoint!

hiking
blowdown
flooded
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked down from the top via Curry Mountain trail. From the top, there were 13 creek crossings. We easily cleared the top two, then had to remove shoes for the next five, and then aggressively rock hopped for the bottom 6. The USGS Little River at Townsend gauge was reading 2.7’. I wouldn’t do this hike unless I was sure the creek was running much lower. Maybe look for the Little gauge to be under 1.5’. As it was, it was tedious and time consuming crossing the creek.

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked to the waterfall which was a about 2 miles out. Lots of ups and downs and several water crossings (about calf deep on some). We took our kids 7, 5, and 3 (in a carrier about half of the time), they got a little bored since it doesn’t follow the water as much of some of our favorites, but they did well overall.

Hiked today with 36 folks all-told, from the Muddy Boots Hiking Group from Tellico Village. The River and weather were beautiful today. Did 2.3 miles out then back, then enjoyed the 1920’s era abandoned cottages up the hill from the trailhead. The trail was wide and clear today.

Attempted to access this trailhead on 3/7/2020 via the Tremont route, however, the road was closed at the Tremont center. I could not find any information online that this road was closed prior to attempting. I would recommend calling the park service before trying to access this trailhead. I was told by another hiker that the road was washed out due to recent flooding.

on Meigs Creek Trail

hiking
blowdown
2 months ago

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