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.

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
2 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.

7 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!

8 months ago

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

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!

10 months ago

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.

Friday, April 15, 2016

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

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.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

It was very clean and the trail was very easy to follow. I stopped periodically to look at the streams and small creeks.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beautiful hike! Especially for the western half of TN. Nice long length. Great view of the river at one of the backcountry camping locations.

I love mouse tail ever single time! I have hiked this trail a few times and always enjoy it. The trail itself is not always perfectly marked. Most of the blazes are great but be really careful when closing on the loop because it's easy to get turned around and end up back at the shelters. There are a few little streams but each one has a bridge so you don't have to get wet unless you want to. I've never encountered more than one or two other people on the trail even in the summer, but I always see plenty of armadillos, which you can get extremely close to before they even look up. There are some strenuous hilly bits of trail but they don't last too long and you can always take breaks. Don't miss the old cemetery. There are lots of graves from the 1800s including a really creepy one that says "he is not dead but only sleeping". Shelter number 2 has the most spectacular view of the river and a great little bluff to take a break so I would say stop there for lunch or choose this shelter if you are going to camp. Definitely a fun and peaceful trail that I would do again and again.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Beautiful trail and very clear sign. Just follow the blue blazes to complete around 8.5 miles round trip.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The overnight trail begins next to the playground near the Ranger Station. The trail is well-marked with regular blue blazes. The trail is a lollipop loop trail. The trail ranges from soft and mossy to rocky with many roots. The trail winds north, gaining and giving elevation as you pass from valley to valley. Although there are several creeks on the first mile or so of this trail, there is no readily available running water near the shelters. About an hour up the trail the trail splits for the loop. A sign marks that Shelter #1 is to the right while Shelter #2 is to the left. It took only another half an hour or so to reach Shelter #1. The shelter is a screened box with a dirt floor. Eight wire bunks line the wall. A wood stove is present, but the exhaust system was missing. There's a fire ring, picnic table and trash can as well. There is no water nearby and no view of anything. I pressed on to Shelter #2. The trail from #1 to #2 quickly descends to follow the shore of Lick Creek, which is a wide bay connected to the Tennessee River. The trail commingles with two mountain bike trails (marked with different colors) so pay attention for the blue hash markers. Near the junction of Lick Creek and the Tennessee River the trail starts uphill to Shelter #2. Shelter #2 is the same as #1 except it has a great view of the river and water is accessible, though down several hundred feet to the river. I stayed here overnight, watching the sun set, barges push by and recreational boaters zip up and down the river. From #2 back the trail loop junction is a quick twenty minutes or so. All in all, not a bad trip. Reserve or stay at #2 for sure.