Ramsey Bend North, Nottely River Connector and Ramsey Bend South

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Hanging Dog Recreation Area

Ramsey Bend North, Nottely River Connector and Ramsey Bend South is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Murphy, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.2 miElevation gain433 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingWalkingRunningForestRiverViewsWildlifeOver grown
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There is no river access on this trail but there are views of Hiwassee River.

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Dan Ward
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Recently burned...

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Merrie OBrien
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Little creepy out there. Everything is black and burnt. The 620 trailhead just ends, had to turn around and go back.

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horseofcourse137 .
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Nice but could have been better with out recent wild fires

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David Duthie
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Forest fire had gone through and it was like hike in a fire pit. Other than that it was nice.

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keith adams
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this is a great trail! we had a beautiful cool sunny day to enjoy the hike in. the trail is not too hard and the view of the river is spectacular in a few spots. there is just enough elevation change to keep things interesting but not difficult. follow the 620 markers and you will do fine. 622 and 623 crisscross in a couple of spots.

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Hope Cross
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John Lewis
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Hiking

Clean except at trailhead.

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Savannah Phillips
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It was great for a truly moderately skilled hiker. Me? I’m out of shape and was looking for an easy trail but the closest were about an hour away from my house. So what do I do? I pick a “short” moderate trail thats 10 minutes away... big mistake.. huge! This trail is beautiful but has all kinds of long steep hills that a Florida girl has to get used to before jumping in the deep end!

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Dirk Jock Dirksen.
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HikingOff trailOver grown

Searched unsuccessfully for Timpson Cemetery. Using Trail # 81. Near the abandoned Hanging Dog Campground

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Dirk Jock Dirksen.
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Nice hike from Ramsey Bluff Road to Hanging Dog Boat Access Area Upper Parking Area. Seen a Hawk!

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Chad Davis
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Kenneth Beccard
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The trail as mapped is actually parts of 3 trails per Forest Service signs. Ramsey Bend North is #620 and starts left or right of the parking area. Ramsey Bend South is #621 and is about 1/2 mile to the right. Nettles River Connector is #623 and runs from near the start of Ramsey Bend South (about 150 yds from the North/South junction) over to join back up to Ramsey Bend North. There are a few trees down on the trail but you can easily get past them. There is also a stretch of high grass on the South trail. Overall, the trail is fine with just a few spots needing maintenance.

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Dirk Jock Dirksen.
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Nice Trail. Some nice fall scenery and of the view of the Hiwassee River. Which may be difficult to see as trees and vegetation block the view. Especially during the summer months. Seen only 1 other couple the entire 2 hours hike. One of the most confusing trail networks I have hiked. If you dont use a GPS or know the route you can end up on a trail you did not intend to hike. or making circles. Really hope that someone properly mark's the signs and the blazes get fixed so you can know what the trail name is that you are on. It is like Ramsey Bend Loop goes on 2 different trails that dont seem to intersect where you would think they should. Also would be nice if their was a clear trail to the high point that gives a view of the confluence of the Nottely and Hiwassee River. So sad this trail is in need of maintenance. It is really an awesome trail. Better than Piney Knob. One more thing. check yourself for Ticks. Had a Tick land on me near the trailhead and almost everytime I hike this trail I find a Tick on me or my dogs.

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Mary Ann Baiyor
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Re Co
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Just ok... walk in the wood with some elevation. No great view.

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Shelly Ahmann
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Quiet solitude. Hard to find trailhead (a small pull out on the left on the road marked boat access). The GPS worked well in keeping us on the trail. Trail better marked than others indicated. Most forks had Forest Service markers.

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John Beaufait
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The description, instructions, and even title of this trail are all horribly wrong. The title should be Ramsey Bend trail. There is no trail name hanging dog anything. But this isn't just Ramsey Bend. The loop back has no name. And there are two Ramsey Bend trails plus at least two named trails intersecting and a half dozen unnamed trails intersecting. And all of them have blue blazes. And the "feature" described is never reached. There is no access to the river on this trail. Or the other trails we ventured down trying to reach water. It is a confusing hike through the woods and that is ALL it is. This is the worst information I have seen on Alltrails and should be fixed!

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- 9 months ago

The trail page has been updated. Thanks for the feedback!

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Dirk Jock Dirksen.
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Carol Sampson
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Great woodland trail with some areas using park service roads—as others have noted in their reviews I highly recommend using gps to help you stay on the right trail—lots of side trail loops that weren’t always marked well

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Dirk Jock Dirksen.
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Nice Trail. However, this is not really Hanging Dog Campground Trail. It is more correctly named Ramsey Bend North, Ramsey Bend South and Farmer Top Overlook. Technically, since their is no open Campground the name does not fit. These are barely maintained. However, I did see some Trees that looked like they were trimmed within the past couple years. It is really sad these Trails are not used much, they are filled with awesome scenery. Also sad that the Campground is closed. But, I guess if you really wanted to do so you could set-up your own Primitive Camp Site. Trail Sign markers are almost gone. So unless you have a GPS you could end up making several loop Trails. Posted a You Tube Video of this hike on April 21 2020. Bring your Kids. Bring your Dogs. However, check yourself for Ticks. I had a Tick on the back of my neck.

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James Catalfamo
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i really enjoyed this trail. did it on a nice janaury morning and the only thing i could hear was my feet moving through the leaves,

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James Cambron
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We enjoyed this nice walk thru the woods. This hike uses several Forest Service trails which are impossible to navigate w/o your compass and GPS but with them you can lace together a network of interconnecting trails. Ours was 3.8 miles

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Cat Winters
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I really enjoyed the trail but my GPS wasn’t accurate and the trails weren’t marked very well.

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David Eads
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The views of the lake and mountains are pretty good. We got off the trail and did part of it to the west of what’s listed. It was mowed and easy. It was downhill for us but would’ve been a doozy going up. We ended up at the road by the intersection of the two roads to the boat ramps. We walked the road up hill to the trailhead. We saw a harmless king snake hanging out in the sun. I don’t like snakes but it was no big deal. The dog loved the entire hike.

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Stephanie Guy
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This is a fairly easy trail but not well marked. I’m not even sure we were on trail most of the time! (See our recording.) Pretty walk in the woods though.

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Dan Ward
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Good easy hike. Ups and downs. Can be confusing with trails branching off. Thanks to my All Trails app. were able to stay on track.

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Heather Santangelo Foster
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great trail! we hiked with our three teenagers and three dogs and had a great time! beautiful area, wish there was more ways to be closer to the stream

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Ann C W Lam
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We have been to this group of trails several times, and love the forest and lake views here. Just yesterday, May 10, 2018, we started out on the marked left-hand loop from the parking spot on the All Trails map, and ended up cutting across the interior of the loop on a trail marked with blue painted tree roots. About half way across the interior, on either side of the trail, we found lady slippers in full bloom, light of the setting sun falling across them...a rare sighting of this endangered species. See photo.

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Jane Nefores
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We walked several of the loop trails. We had the place totally to ourselves except for various birds to include a wild turkey.

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