This 1, 247-acre area is located on the east banks of the Tennessee River in the state's picturesque Western valley. Tradition has it that Mousetail Landing received its name during the Civil War period when one of the area's tanning companies caught fire. The exodus of mice fleeing the burning tannery was so profuse that the area in proximity of the park became known as Mousetail Landing. The scenic Buffalo River flows nearby, providing opportunity for family canoe float trips.

Me and my son just hiked this with his Boy Scout troop this past weekend. We stayed at the regular camp sites Friday night which I have to say are pretty nice. On Saturday we hiked up to shelter two on the river. After dropping some of our gear we then hiked around the north part of the loop over to shelter 1 which at times could be difficult if your not used to hiking. The biggest climb we had was probably 160 - 180 feet up to where shelter 1 was. All in all it was a pretty good trail but I sure wouldn't tackle this during the summer months.

hiking
1 month ago

My son and I went this past weekend for an over night trip. We enjoyed the trip and the staff at the park were very helpful. The trail is mainly wooded and well marked in most areas. Even we're not well marked with blue blazes the trail is worn enough that it is easy to follow. Pay attention to signs that direct you on the correct trail so as to not get on one of the bike trails. We stayed at shelter 2 along the river. You can walk in or reserve the shelters. If you reserve them you have them to yourself. There is a bike trail that runs along the river below shelter 2. We were able to make it down the hill to the river to swim which was very nice on a hot and humid day following the hike in.

backpacking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

We started from the playground and went towards shelter 2 instead of shelter 1 as our original plan was to stay at shelter 1. We got to shelter 2 relatively quickly with little to zero difficulty even though everyone in our trio were wearing 25-35 lb packs. We met the another backpacker there that we got a long with really well and decided to stay the night at shelter two so we could enjoy the great views longer. The park is named Mousetail Landing for a reason. Our tent which was in perfect condition before we set it up was no longer when we woke up. Mice chewed through our bathtub floor and some of the mesh which is sad but should be pretty easy to fix. My tip would be even though there aren't any bears to go ahead and hang your food to keep the mice from destroying your expensive backpacking gear.

Because day 1 was so unassuming we took our time packing up camp and sat on the cliffs for a couple hours then left around 10:30 am heading towards shelter 1. This trek was much harder coming from this direction. We spent at least an hour going uphill in one stretch. It took us 2 hours to go a mile and half which is very unusual for us. So make sure you have enough time and WATER if you plan to go this way. When we eventually got back to the playground and to our car it was around 4:00 pm and we were exhausted. We did take about a 30-40 minute break at shelter 1 to eat lunch but it still took a lot longer than we expected. After talking to the ranger when we finished he said that we went the hardest way to do and complete the trail.

Lastly the wildlife is everywhere and that was wonderful. We only saw one other person on the trail and it was 4th of July weekend which is a major pro. Shelter 2 is WAY better than shelter 1 so get that one. Overall it was a good trip and hike but you will be in the green tunnel 98% of the time.

backpacking
3 months ago

We did a fun overnight, staying at shelter 2. This trail has times where it really feels challenging. There is only one real view, which is off the cliffs at the shelter 2 camp spot. My favorite part was that the entire time our trio was there, we only saw on other person, who was also overnighting at shelter 2. There was also a ton of wildlife. Tons of frogs hopping on the trail. We also ran into 3 armadillos, a snake, and other assorted wildlife. The trail is clearly marked, so you can't get lost.

One of the best hikes I've gone to since I've been here. Trails were well maintained and were clearly marked. Great scenery and got some great photos out of it.

mountain biking
6 months ago

This trail is not a good biking trail. It is not maintained at all. The trail is covered in sticks and logs, and the leaf path makes it hard to get any traction. There were some points where I would lose the trail because it is barely visible. We ended up getting on the blue hiking trail to ride back which was better groomed but too steep to bike. So we pushed the bikes up and rode back down which was doable but very tough. This is a great hiking trail with beautiful scenery, but I would never bring my bike back here unless the trail was cleared.

Beautiful hike on a nicely maintained trail. Amazing views of the river. Lots of ups and downs. worth the climbs. Rangers at Mousetail are terrific.

Well marked trails especially from the trail head to number 2 campsite. Unfortunately we didn't get to stay over night but would definitely recommend breaking the 8 mile loop in half. Back side has some huge hill that make for some work to keep a good pace going. The Park Rangers are super helpful, they are top notch!

This trail is a bit harder than moderate if you have the weight of an overnight on your back. Lots of large hills that go pretty much straight up. A few switchback but more of them just go straight over the hill and these aren't small, rolling hills. The hike itself is rather boring, not much in the way of scenic views or anything. But the shelters are top notch and the overnight camp was very enjoyable. The only real view is the one from shelter 2. I'm in no hurry to do this one again.

backpacking
11 months ago

Went this past weekend it was a great overnight hike!!! The trail is not too bad going up or coming down! The view is amazing! There was a no burn on the park so we couldn't have a fire outside, so we had to use the stove inside the shelter which was okay! Can't wait to go back! Saw a bald eagle in the morning when I woke up!! Make sure you get cabin 2 if you want the view overlooking the river!

backpacking
Monday, October 17, 2016

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Very good trail. Very wooded and several things for all the family.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Best view at cabin 2! Only 2 cabins and camp sites so Be sure to register before hand! Good clean well marked trails! Saw wildlife! Copperheads, hognosed adder, geese, squirrels, armadillos and deer!

camping
Sunday, October 09, 2016

backpacking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Our Boy Scout Troop took 10 boys with 4 adults up to Shelter #2 for our first ever backpacking hike. In hindsight, we were a bit overly ambitious. Great experience and beautiful trails. If we were going again tomorrow, we would take a lot more water and hike from Trail Head to Shelter #1 and then to Shelter #2. A LOT more difficult when hiking from Trail Head to Shelter #2 and then to Shelter #1. Hence the reason of numbering them I suppose. Park Rangers were extremely kind and helpful.

hiking
Friday, April 15, 2016

hiking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Great hike. Would love to get back out there. Make sure to stay at Shelter #2.

Most of my commentary is on the video at https://faithdeblistered.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/mousetail-landing-state-park/.

Some points I’d like to make are:

Difficulty: moderate (can be strenuous for some)
Miles: roughly 12 miles (this includes hiking mountain bike trails to make a figure 8)
Marking: Clearly marked but easily confusing since mountain bike trails criss cross the trail in numerous places
Shelter: Stay at shelter #2. Shelter #1 has no view.
Terrain: dirt, mossy, rocky; bridges can be slippery if recently rained
Water sources: Take plenty of water. Hardly any water unless it rains
Trail conditions: Lots of blowdowns and debris on the trail
Nothing but ups and downs. Hardly (but some) flat hiking

Sunday, December 13, 2015

we enjoyed this trail definitely more than a moderate trail. enjoyed our stay at the shelter by the river. The other shelter not much of a view. also think this trail is a little further than it said. we will definately be back to hike this trail again.