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Athens Loop is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Athens, Tennessee and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 196 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

This trail was created for mountain biking, but is open to hikers. The start of the trail is a short steep section with a couple of switch backs. The trail splits at the top, both ways are about the same distance and they come back together shortly. The trail the follows the ridge until it gets to a radio tower, then starts back down toward the creek. here it splits again. you can either choose downhill (better for hikers) or Roller Coaster(great for bikers). At the bottom, you follow the creek. this is the highlight of the trail. You follow the creek all the way back close to the parking lot. This is the most scenic part and makes it worth hiking again.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Extremely well maintained. We will definitely walk it again. This trail is close to home making it that must better.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a nice open trail love the pretty water, great place to hike, fish, and hangout

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Nice trail. Start in first parking lot on left when entering park is a little easier. 2nd option is to park near lake and walk to end of concrete walkway to find trail.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

recorded Athens Loop

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

It’s a nice town park with the view of a lake and river. There’s a cute cross over bridge in the tress. The trail is a short loop that brings you back to your car.

hiking
8 months ago

Great place to get in some outdoors exercise after work. Never crowded when I go.

This is what I call the Athens Long Trail. It basically follows along the border of the park, which takes you by the stream, through the wooded lots, and along the highest points on the ridgeline. Dogs are welcome on a leash and pick up their doodie or at least stick it over to the edge.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice for a casual hike or jog. Trail is clear and easy to follow. Views include creekside, pond, wooded, and park overlooks. A handful of benches available along the route. Expect to hear city and interstate noise pollution, but great place to get away that is close to the city. We like to stop by after a nice meal in town and walk off the calories we just devoured,lol.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Great hike, some areas grass was pretty high and also some areas with no shade. Do able with a family, probably best in fall.

hiking
11 months ago

Great short hike!

hiking
blowdown
11 months ago

Trail is pretty nice for a quick hike. It’s pretty short probably 2-2.5 miles. Some spots are missing trail markers and you end of going off course alittle but still pretty nice. The backside of the trail along the creek had some really long grass that you had to walk through. Would definitely do it again

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

Good trail right in the middle of town.if you start at the trail head and go all the way around the pond it’s closer to 3 miles.

running
Wed Jan 30 2019

Great little trail, especially being in the middle of town.

Sat May 19 2018

Nice hiking trail with some hills, part of it along the creek. We clocked it at 2.4 miles from the parking lot.

Mon Jan 08 2018

awesome trail, great to get the heart rate up.

hiking
Mon Jan 01 2018

Great trail for exercise!! I'd pick this trail any day over a treadmill.

hiking
Sun Oct 15 2017

Nice park trail. Includes hiking around a pond, near a creek, and through nice trees.

walking
Fri Jun 23 2017

I've walked this trail countless times; I like it because it gets me in the woods only a few minutes from the house. After climbing the first little bit and getting in the woods you can hear more birds and breeze than traffic. I just do the woods/steeper section down to the creek and then turn around; the flat section does nothing for me. Some wildflowers in the spring (trillium, may apples) and some nice hardwoods.

Sun Apr 09 2017

This is a nice mountain style, hike in the city. the trail is nice with ups and downs. it is a good hike, when you don't have time to go to the mountains.

Fri Mar 24 2017

This is a perfect trail for a light workout. I use it often.

hiking
Mon Mar 06 2017

Took Cub Scouts in 2016. Great trail and I would rate it Easy.

mountain biking
Thu Feb 02 2017

Not laid out well , lot of roots

walking
Wed Oct 05 2016

It was just like taking a walk in a little wooded area and then some of it is wide open. If you are looking for easy with kids or just a little exercise then this is great. Not what I call hiking though.

walking
Thu Sep 29 2016

Kinda boring. Fine for a little exercise but not much to see.

Mon Aug 15 2016

very strenuous hike, but worth the effort.

Sun May 29 2016

It was amazing and the scenery is beautiful

hiking
Sun May 15 2016

Love to find out they are adding new things, haven't been since last year and they added a little at the top :)

mountain biking
Fri May 06 2016

Lots of tree roots to avoid at the beginning. Really fun downhill and multiple trails

hiking
Thu Jul 23 2015

Moving here from CA im use to big mountains and long hikes. This is a pretty easy hike steep in the beginning then flat and down hill the rest of the way. It's conveniently placed in the center of Athens, so it's nice that we have something close.

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