Maddron Bald Trail to Albright Grove Loop

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Maddron Bald Trail to Albright Grove Loop is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,456 feet Route Type: Loop

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

no dogs

hiking
6 hours ago

Nice hike. It's all uphill to the Albright Loop but it's gradual, so not overbearing. The "old growth" trees are something special to look at, makes you feel small! Beautiful creek crossing with some nice white water, great spot to stop for lunch. Be on the lookout along the trail for old stonewalls and foundations in addition to the cabin!

hiking
4 days ago

This is such an awesome hike. Good elevation gain. Beautiful and so peaceful. Not many people. Lots of downed trees this spring but that makes for more adventure!! Absolutely love this hike and would definitely recommend.

This was a pleasant trail mostly because we barely saw any other people. We arrived at 8am and only saw people on the decent. Beware - there are only a couple of parking spots, so get there early. This is a consistent climb up until half way around the loop, and then a consistent decent. Not much in terms of views, but a really pretty water crossing & bridge near the top. Lots of greenery.

hiking
11 days ago

Enjoyed this beautiful hike over Memorial Day weekend. Very few people on the trail, and removed from the rest of GSM National Park. Caught some rain on the journey which made everything even more enchanting! Well-shaded throughout the extent of the trail. Mild grade. Completed this in about 3.5 hours at a mild-moderate pace (with lots of pictures along the way).

Newer to hiking and definitely the toughest thus far. Trail had a pretty gradual incline from the start as you gain near 2,000 feet of elevation at the top of the trail. Hiked with our kids so it took much longer than anticipated but without any holdup this trail can be completed in a manageable amount of time. Trail is pretty smooth most of the way up with a few rocky patches here and there. It does get a little tougher once you cross over the creek with mud and some downed trees as you continue up to the Albright Grove Loop. Several cool things for adults and kids to see along the way up including waterfalls, an old cabin, and a massive tree on the loop. Would definitely recommend this trail to anyone looking for a decent challenge. Looking to go back in the future and hit the Old Settlers trail which branches off of Maddron’s Bald.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is a continual ascent to the top. The first 1.2 miles seems to be an old logging road, so easy to navigate. The rest of the trail is in good condition. Just before the trail loop there is a lovely stream with a great bridge to cross. The loop is just a bit under a mile. I ate lunch on the bridge but there’s also a large log in the middle of the loop which would be a sunny spot for a bite. I saw a wild boar on the trail’s loop side just before the intersection with two other trails.

hiking
2 months ago

Just as Social Distancing was starting, my husband and I found a nice out of the crowds trail. When we got there, we took the last spot (about 5 max cars) but you could go down the dead end road just a bit and park on left to add a few spaces. Nice wide trail that ended early for us as I lost my SOLES in my 20+ year old pair of boots I wore. We were able to have lunch at the small but pleasant waterfall. Hopefully, the CoronaVirus will flatten so we can complete our 20 Waterfalls in 2020 Tour. Loved the old growth trees, wide trail, stone fences here and there, and creeks sounds most of the way.

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icy
muddy
snow
3 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great relaxing hike. Not much parking at trailhead. Enough parking for four to six cars. Been on this trail three times now. Parking area has never been full.

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful heavily wooded trail up to old growth forest. Trailhead is in a neighborhood, but not difficult to find on gps. The trail goes gradually up (not strenuous), then around a loop, then back down on the same trail. The first two miles or so are on a wide track, then the trail narrows as you enter the old growth part of the forest. There is a 19th century cabin about one mile from the trailhead that was built from the wood of a single chestnut tree. There are several crossings of a small creek along the trail and a waterfall that is a nice place to stop and have a snack or lunch. The log bridge can be very icy in cold weather. You can hear the creek in many places even when it is not visible. The loop at the top of this trail has some magnificent old trees that are very large. When you emerge from the loop you can turn right and continue along Maddron Bald trail for a longer hike, or turn left and return to the trailhead for the 7+ mile hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! Perfect for stretching your legs after breakfast. The continual climb in made for a great cardio workout. Beautiful scenery and nice stop at the Willis Baxter cabin.

hiking
5 months ago

we hiked this with our 5 year old finishing the whole thing and our 2 year old hiking over 2 miles.. almost all the way to the waterfall!! it was super fun, we took lots of breaks, since we were with our young girls and took lots of pictures and jumped off rocks and chilled at the waterfall for a while. the terrain is unstable in a lot of areas but not too difficult. if it was summer I would've climbed in the waterfall more than we did but I was nervous to be cold and wet so we only did a little bit. very cool bridge at the waterfall!!

hiking
7 months ago

Good Hike but not too hard, lots of really big trees, easy to follow, beautiful trail, did a mile down the Old Settlers Trail and back on the way Down to see rock walls and old cemetery, some how my recording stopped and didn’t record last 1.5 mile or so

7 months ago

Great Fall Colors...more like 7.5 miles..doable. There are two sections: 2nd growth forest (formerly logged) & old growth which has enormous hemlock and other trees hundreds of yrs old. wet leaves made some bits slippery but just take care & you'll be fine. Waterfall 1/2 way in was worth it. one of the prettiest in the park.

This bad mamma jamma is pretty much up hill all the way in. My legs are sore and I’m beat, but the waterfall at the end was definitely worth the hike! Gets a little chilly up at the top but it’s also November so that’s expected. Definitely recommend!

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Definitely glad we did this trail. The uphill first 3 miles was tiring but seeing the old growth forest and seeing a little mountain river made it worth it. Glad we did it. Prolly won’t do again though due to the difficult climb and not much scenery till closer to the end. Still beautiful Skokie mountain forests.

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bugs
10 months ago

The trail went up up up for the first 1/2 but it was beautiful with the huge older trees. Some places were muddy and/or rocky, but we lived it. The trail ended up being 7.3 miles, not 6.6 like the app tells you. Wear good shoes and LOTS of water.

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bugs
10 months ago

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bugs
11 months ago

Got there at 8 on a Sunday AM - No one else was there but parking is limited. The climb up the old gravel road was a little strenuous but not too bad. Once past the Bridge and small water fall going onto the Albright loop there were plenty of awesome old growth Tulip trees that were exceptionally tall! The rhododendron were in bloom and plenty of ferns and astilble . Alot of songbirds on loop! On the way down the gnats got wind of us and harassed us most of the way down. We only saw another couple and one family on the return. Only one other car at the bottom. All in all, it was a 4 Hr serene nature hike.

hiking
bugs
rocky
11 months ago

Nice hike with very few hikers on the trail. It was a lot of uphill on the way. And the bugs were fairly bad(as expected). Lots of huge trees on the loop. I would definitely do it again.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a very nice super secluded trail. It took us about 3 hours which included a 20 minute break at the bridge. Being flatlanders, we felt the incline on the way in but the trail was not what I would call steep except in a few places. There was very limited parking at the trail head.

hiking
Wed May 29 2019

Did this loop and was surprised that all trees were cut and cleared. Very nice trail and with a nice small water fall at the end. Not much wildlife , but saw one little hen and some bear scat on way back

bugs
rocky
Wed May 22 2019

really good trail, it's all uphill going up the mountain (obviously) and the elevation increase makes it a little tough to catch your breath. we stopped at the bridge and put our feet in the cold water for a while and that was a huge moral booster to get back down the trail. really nice, took us about 3 hours.

Beautiful hike with an amazing waterfall. Not too hard at all

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