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Bird Mountain Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wartburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 1,856 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Running Forest Views Wild flowers
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Wild flowers abundant on this segment of the Cumberland Trail The preferred route will start from the campground on the Lookout Tower Trail. You will follow this wide well graded trail for about 4 miles before it intersects with the Bird Mountain Trail. You are now traveling on the Cumberland Trail, the Frozen Head Segment, which when completed will run from Signal Mtn. to Cumberland State Park covering more than 300 miles. On a spring day you can enjoy many different species of violets and Bloodroot. A great lunch or campsite is on top of Bird Mountain where more wildflowers such as Spring Beauty and Jack in the Pulpit can be spotted. You will navigate over 15 switchbacks as you descend back to the trailhead. An interesting section to be explored is the Castle Rock, which located just off the trail. This is a great trail to be enjoyed year round but especially in the spring to view more than a dozen varieties of wild flowers.

Frozen Head State Natural Area 423-346-3318

From Knoxville: I-40 West to 162 West Pellissippi Parkway into Oak Ridge. Stay on Hwy 62 to Wartburg. Turn right on Flat Fork Road and park entrance is 4 miles ahead. Park hours 8 am until sunset Access fees apply call park for details Backcountry camping/fire permit is required for hikers who stay overnight

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Rob Repass
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Did a hybrid trail off this one on Sunday 10/18. Weather was perfect. 35* to start went up Bird Mountain to the Cumberland Trail. Then the wind started. It was strong and the temp dropped back to about 40. We hooked up with the West Tower trail and went to the tower atop Frozen Head. That part of the trail was mostly flat so we made up a little time. From there we went down the Old Mac South trail. Total trip was 12.61 miles and 2960 feet elevation. Total trip was when the wind stopped it warmed up but the rain clouds started in so we didn’t make it to Chimney Top. Just know this is a hard trail and you better be ready. You will feel it. We will be back and next time we’ll hit Chimney Top too.

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Stacey Nichols
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Hiking

Going up Bird Mountain was tough but fun, didn’t care for the last 4 miles on the rock road though.

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Daniel Brasuell
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I thought the section of switch backs was the highlight. Wonderful forest, and near the top, nice rock outcroppings. Once on the ridge however the trial becomes a little overgrown off and on, up to the summit. After the summit the trail turns into an old road that is overgrown at times as well. Then the decent down the bigger road. Coupled with no distant views, I found this hike to be a pleasant day but not as good as Chimney Top across the valley.

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Thomas Archakis
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Large elevation gain in short distance. Lack of views and no real highlights are the reasons for the 3 stars. Still a nice day hiking.

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Cordelia Hershey
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HikingBugs

Steady climb on switch backs for almost 4 miles. Nice wildflowers. Can hear steam at beginning. Intersects with Cumberland Trail. Go right for rock houses, left for overlook. Wear long pants, tall poison ivy. Trail head at back of campground

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Paul Hewes
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Tyler Emler
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HikingRocky

It was nice we set up a base camp. And hiked from there. It backcountry campsites are nice.

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Alhen Drillich
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Leigh K
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a lot of elevation gain. taking the road as the uphill climb is less steep, but not easy by any means.

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Maggie Fout
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HikingMuddy

Trails close at 5. Good bathrooms nearby. Prepare for mud on Cumberland section.

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Ca Cheeee
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Backpacking

I'm giving it 5 just cause I love Frozen Head SP sooooo much. the trail is not easy. straight up all the way. but the scenes are gorgeous. be ready to get your heart pumping! but man, it's worth it.

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Molly Parker
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The trail for bird mountain was really well maintained and clearly marked. The switchbacks were also well made. The elevation gain in the first ~2 miles was tough, but the switchbacks definitely helped. The only bummer was the lack of a view at the top/throughout the trail. Views would probably be possible and would be better during fall or winter. Either way, it was a really nice trail!

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Hiking Diva .
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Day 3 backpacking in Frozen Head - hiked up the Lookout Tower, connected to Bird Mountain Trail to camp on Bird Mountain. If you go that route, fill up your water at the start or Linlog Branch (filter!) You are without water sources again until final mile. Saw a few turkeys and numerous deer. As I approached summit, and down toward the campsite, noticed 5 fresh bear scat on the trail... Rather problematic when there were no trees to hang my bear bag from. It was REALLY windy, several branches fell in vicinity. Decided to haul tail back to trailhead before sunset. (less than 90 minutes) Castle Rock looked cool, but didn't have time to explore. Some blazes btwn the campsite and the switchbacks were hard to locate. I am not one to use hiking poles, but they would definitely be helpful - especially after a rain.

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Shauna Anschuetz
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Hiking

Amazing switchbacks!! 1900 ft. ascent in .9 of a mile. Loved it.

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Mike Reano
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I did this trail with a boy scout troop and we camped at the small site just below the summit. The trails are in good condition and are well marked. I was not impressed with the view from the summit, there were better views along the trail though. There is a great feature below the summit called castle rock, that was impressive. There was not a good water source anywhere near the top.

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Joel Palilla
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John Goodwin
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Erica Yuricic
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Wes Hayes
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Taylor Nance
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Jason Peter
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Ellena Sieler
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Toby Michael
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Thomas Gibbons
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Megan Wesley
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Thomas snyder
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Darrell Catron
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