Deserves its reputation. Amazing. Wife and I loved it. Plan for 6-7h. Bad knees or ankles? Skip it until you’re healed. Rocks can be brutal...go counterclockwise on the second loop to make the back side easier. Eat your packed lunch at Werner Point - no people and I thought the views were the best there. You might not see it on a map, but it’s clearly marked on the trail. Enjoy!

Ted lied!

Actually, we went the full 12 miles but it turned into about 14 with the spur hikes. The ridge hikes were easy but the ups and downs were treacherous and torturous. By the time we went up the last elevation my heart ripped open my lungs to find even one liter of air. The bones in my legs turned into a fluid alloy, and the hot steam ironed even my underwear. My stomach searched for even a few calories as the inner lining turned inside out to reveal nothing but emptiness.

The truth is, it was a great hike but strenuous just as we were seeking. All the numerous ravines. water falls, and overlooks made a tiring trip with the while. No, Ted didn't really lie, but the long hike is for the healthy.

Definitely lived up to the reputation of being a beautiful and difficult hike. Didn't make it to RP unfortunately, we had to keep pushing onward to get back to camp before sundown... Didn't make it. Luckily I had the foresight to turn my phone off to save battery for just this occasion. My wife's phone battery died just as we got within sight of a campfire. Needless to say, be prepared when you start because hiking the gizzard portion takes longer than you would expect. Aside from the hellacious terrain (accurately described by Lance before me) the sights are amazing. We are definitely going back but will leave camp early enough not to repeat. I'm thinking about running this trail at some point... Could hold a great race on this trail. I'm thinking about calling it the Tongue Torch Trail Marathon, sponsored in part by Zaxbys...

AMAZING TRAIL. So far, it’s my favorite one.

Ted is a liar. This is the worst pain I have felt since I passed a kidney stone. Imagine having someone using a hydraulic press to squeeze golf balls into the soles of your bare feet while balancing on a tight rope while climbing at a 45 degree angle for 700 feet. It's like that, but worse. The only relief you will feel is looking out over Raven's Point and the initial since that you have the ability to end your life if you choose. As we left RP, one of the guys in our group mentioned that it was "all down hill from here". 1 mile and 3 severe leg cramps later, we buried him on Dog Hole Loop in a shallow unmarked grave. We probably did him a favor since his severe dehydration was causing him to hallucinate. At least you can look forward to getting stuck behind all of the old ladies and toddlers who are there to see the pretty water falls on the way back. They have spent 30 minutes enjoying scenery while all you want to do is get off the 9 mile torture device and have one of your friends amputate your feet. I've never come so close to verbally assaulting a complete stranger. We did finally make it off the trail, and once our driver regained the feeling in his hands, we drove to our campsite. Of course, we stopped for fluids, because the 4 collective gallons we brought was evidently not enough, and promptly had every muscle in our bodies seize as we attempted to get out of our vehicle. The lone person who had use of his extremities was able to get some drinks and pour them into our gasping and foaming mouths. It was a great time. Can't wait to go back!

We hiked in through the Gizzard to Raven’s Point and then out on top of the ridge on Dog Hole. Pretty challenging hike for our group of five but definitely worth the work. You can do the loop in the other direction but then you have the toughest part of the hike when you’re tired. The views down in the Gizzard are worth the extra work required to cross the rock fields. An Eno in the trees at Raven’s Point and some food was just what we needed. Highly recommend! Have fun, stay safe!

Hey Lance....what do you think?

This was my second time hiking the Gizzard. I started out doing a night hike to Raven's Point. Outside of my headlamp, it was pitch black. It was rather unsettling and I wouldn't recommend doing it regardless of one's skill level.

I made it to Raven's Point at sunrise. It was very pretty. I had a quick bite to eat then went back on the trail. I did not stop until I reached the trailhead at Foster's.

Difficulty? It is hard, but mainly due to traversing the rock/boulder fields and ascending/descending into a few gorges. Outside of those areas, the terrain is flat or rolling and can be traveled very quickly.

The main thing is to just take your time in the tough sections (they don't last forever) and enjoy a fabulous trail. If there are not any people on the trail, which was the case today, I some times listen to some music to help make the miles a little easier and keep my mind off of my sore feet and stiff legs.

Kudos to the individual(s) who marked the trail and maintains the blazes. The trail blazes were fantastic. It is much better than it was when I went in October 2016. There were only 2 small sections were I had to stop and walk a little bit to see a blaze. So, awesome job. Thank you.

Amazing hike with breathtaking views every two steps. Save time to just look. Didn't think we were going to be able to go as there was a 45 minute "pop up storm". The trail had pools of water to walk around but it gave everything a clean feel with a lush green glow. The only thing to be warned about is there are a number of rocks you are climbing on/over/around and were they slippery! We were fine but again, need to take it slow. I would not recommend for families with small children, bad knees or old shoes. :)

One of the best day hikes in TN. Crystal clear blue holes, breathtaking waterfalls, and mossy serenity make for a definite hidden gem.

For an "uphill first" mentality, do this loop counter clockwise. Our group went clockwise.

East half: BEAUTIFUL, relatively easy. Would make for a rewarding, easy/moderate out-and-back to Raven's point.

West half: VERY ROCKY (1-2 ft rocks everywhere, many were jagged and unstable), hard to walk on, noticeably more difficult to find trail markers. Still had some neat views of rock formations towards the end, but plan on being really slowed down here. Would be *really* easy to twist an ankle on this side.

We started with the east side of the trail to Raven's point--it was beautiful, relatively well-marked, and the trail was pretty smooth. However, after hitting Raven's point, we took the west side of the trail (completing the loop) and it was full of huge somewhat jagged rocks. Walking on them was very difficult and required a bit of light climbing in some areas. For us it was even worse because the rocks were mossy and wet, making them very slippery, especially with muddy shoes. Lost the trail a few times, and service was a little patchy on that side, so download maps beforehand. We didn't plan on the slowdown from walking on the rocks and ended up getting back after dark because of it, which wasn't a giant deal--just wish I had done more research on how difficult the west side of the loop was!

Beautiful, sound of rushing water the whole 2 mi. Rough ridge walk, but short and scenic.