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Amber's Den Ridge Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sparta, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from January until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 337 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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This trail can be hard to navigate. Follow AllTrails and make sure you are on the correct path. The trailhead is comprised of two posts, red and blue. There are metal reflective blazes and rock cairns where the trail starts. FOLLOW THE BLAZES (there are many small trails at the trailhead) through the old logging road (~1 miles). Next, turn left to overlook a waterfall. Keep going, when you start ascending the mountain, you're getting close. Make sure to keep RIGHT at the sign that says Amber's Den Ridge Trail; DO NOT go left to "Amber's Den". Go straight across the gravel road through the red gate. The overlook comes 400 feet from here. You can take the gravel road back to the start OR come back the same way you came. This trail is located inside a Wildlife Management Area. Area is generally closed during big game season.

No parking lot. Pull off parking only.

Please check with the TWRA at http://www.tn.gov/twra/wmas.html for rules and regulations.

Scotts Gulf Rd, Sparta TN. Take the 1st road passed Virgin Falls trail head parking area on the right. The road will y, keep left. Trail head will be marked with hiker's sign on posts.

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Amanda Presley
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HikingOver grown

Not really a trail at all, started it the its the trail just stopped, it was not clearly marked and I kept trying to follow it until I found my way to a big clearing and figured it would lead me back to the gravel road, it did, had to walk it for some time just to get back to the car, would not recommend, it would be easy to get lost here

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Jeff Thompson
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HikingOver grownRockyWashed out

I took the ambers den that is closest to Welch’s point overlook . It’s a red gated, 4x4 gravel road . Down stream (bush whacking and creek walking) is virgin falls ; upstream are some nice camping and swimming holes .

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Kristin Ford
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

This was honestly one of the worst trails I’ve hiked in TN. Gnats were horrible.. trail was very grown up off a logging trail.

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daniel whaley
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Most of the hike was logging roads with a couple of nice views. Worst trail this season for flying insects. Gnats were on point this trip. We hike multiple trails per week.

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Melissa Campbell
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Probably would have been an amazing trail however it’s so overgrown and has so many trees and brush down you can hardly find the trail. I was hiking alone the day I was going to attempt and turned back after a little under a mile because the trail was pretty much. In existent

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Juan Angel Rother
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HikingBugs

Just had the most amazing hike here!

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Karen Hall
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Hiking

Really enjoyed the trail through the woods and along the creek. Creek was dry today, because of lack of rain lately. Did not enjoy the last leg of the trail, as it was down a gravel road for nearly 1.5+ miles. Should have turned back and traveled back through the woods. Trail was we'll marked.

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Chrystal Massey
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HikingBlowdownOver grownWashed out
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Donna Parker
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Amber's den trail is hard to find. I would recommend driving to Welches point and starting there. when looking for Amber's den walk towards the trail head and you will see a brown sign with an arrow that seems to be pointing down a logging road. THIS IS NOT THE TRAIL. Go beyond the sign (a bit to the left and straight) and you will see a trail sign and a orange trail marker with a hiker silhouette. Amber's den was dry, I could see it being MUCH nicer after a heavy rain. About halfway through you will pop out on the road you drive into Welches point on. The last 2 miles are literally walking the gravel road or you can do an out back and back on the wooded trail. The views you see in the pictures are of Welches point there isn't really any secondary views on the trail. It was just okay, drove two hours one way. Welches point was awesome though made the trip worth it.

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Rocky Assad
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I loved this trail. I got lost the first time but after finding the way I’ve been back several times. The overlook is amazing. The kids loved it, the dogs were happy, it’s one of my favorites.

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Debbie Holland
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Don’t go during hunting season! Had planned to hike from the trailhead to Welch’s Point and back. Closed for hunting events. Soooo we heeded the warnings. Parked and did the short trek to Welch’s. Plan B - back to Virgin Falls trailhead. Did a 5 mile loop out to Martha’s Pretty Point. ‘‘Twas a great great day!

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Jman *
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Started the "trail" by Welch's Overlook and hiked down toward the river. Beware: THIS IS NOT A LOOP! Nor is it a real trail... it's an abandoned gravel road in extremely bad shape. Deep ruts and loose gravel along the steepest sections make things challenging, not moderate. The trail effectively ends at the river because the rest is either totally overgrown or washed out...it was hard to tell which. (Met a local on our way back who said it hasn't been a loop in years.) Also, either Amber's Den is along the inaccessible part or it's gone. Never saw it. On the positive side, the calm water made for a great place to swim and cool off. Overall the lack of scenery meant it wasn't worth the energy.

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Randall Allen
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Not recommend. This wasn’t a trail, it was a road. A road that wasn’t kept up. Tons of brush. Not marked at all. “Amber’s Den?” — would love to find this mythical place. It was a mile down which means a mile up. With a family of five that would’ve been good to know. Not real moderate.

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Randy Smith
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Welch’s Point is worth the trip all on its own. Enjoyed the hike though not all that well marked. After reading reviews on here I drove all the way to the parking area for Welch’s Overlook and hiked back to Ambers Den. Some nice rock formations, spur trails and although it’s a little hard to find Ambers Den is a hidden gem. The loop is an option if you just want the added distance but the extra is on a road. Josh S. I believe you and a few more did what I almost did, by taking the old road which meanders (steeply) down to the river in the base of the gulf...that is not the trail (or a loop for that matter)! The arrow on the tree almost appears to point down the logging trail you took, but if you continue straight (even bear slight left at that arrow) you will find yourself on the trail to Amber's Den.

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Jeannie Smith
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Sadly, I read the comments here and didn't make it to the den. Please, please, drive all the way to the Welch's Point overlook. You'll see the posting for the Amber's Den Trail to your left. You can start the trail there. Note, when you get to the creek, I'd recommend turning around and hiking back the way you came otherwise you will need to walk on the road back to the parking area.

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Andy Dabbs
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Nice trail, there weren't any other hikers on the Saturday we went. The Virgin Trails trailhead was slammed, probably 20 other vehicles were parked there. We finally saw other people once we made it to Welchs point, since you can drive to it.

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Karri Netherton
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The trail wasn’t that exciting, but it was fun. It’s pretty once you get around the water. The view from Welch’s Point is definitely the highlight of the trail!

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Samuel Luttrell
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it is a trail that is very well marked and it would almost be impossible to get lost. The Welch's Point Overlook is an unbelievable view of Scott's Gulf. Interesting variety of scenery!

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Brian Vargas
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Me and my friend went today! Gorgeous falls, gorgeous overlook, but the trails could have been marked better. We ended up getting lost twice, but finally made our way back!

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Kaley Nichol
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Seriously in my top 3 most beautiful hiking trails, including the Twin Arches in Savage Gulf and Virgin Falls. The entire route is interesting and amazingly gorgeous, with rock formations galore, several creeks, and all the little waterfalls your heart can imagine. The overlooks are breath-taking!!! I would recommend turning around and going back the same way after making it to Welch's Point, which is about 2.5 miles in. The last stretch puts you out on the gravel road, and that is what makes the loop back to the trailhead. That part is nothing to get excited about, but the overall experience is still fantastic!

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John Goodwin
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Easy hike. Adequately marked. A lot of the "trail" is actually on road and uninspiring. A short pretty forest section at about 1.2 miles is the exception. The big payoff is Welch's point which is as beautiful as advertised. Never found Amber's "den". There is a sign indicating the direction (this is about 2.2 mi in) and 1.1 mile distance to Amber's Den near Welch's Pt. I took this fork in the woods and after 1.4 miles ended up on the banks of the Caney Fork. Pretty, but not what I was looking for. Virgin Falls definitely the better option if looking to hike in this area.

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Joy Link
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Beautiful Hike! A little tricky to navigate, but just keep you head up and you'll be fine :) Trail head is two post one with red and one with blue. After 1-1.5 mile you'll see a sign to turn left and a rock cairn. Then look for the little orange hiking men blazes on the trees to your left. Stay aware the entire time and you won't get lost.

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Jules Bailey
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Beautiful area and hike !

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