Cosby Self-Guided Nature Trail

EASY 13 reviews

Cosby Self-Guided Nature Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.1 miles
157 feet

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

16 days ago

It was a beautiful trail. The creeks and bridges were also incredible. We will definitely go again.

16 days ago

Great trail to do with kids. We had two 3 year olds and one 5 year old and they all enjoyed it. One mile was about the limit for the three year olds, so this was the perfect distance. The trail meanders around a stream that was beautiful. We did the trail on 7/1/18.

16 days ago

The kids loved this hike. It wasn’t too long or too short, had lovely streams to cross, and great plant life to look at.

1 month ago

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I used this trail several times as a field trip for my sons when we were home schooling. It is easy and has lots of interesting things to look at.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Saturday, September 27, 2014

Campground was not crowded at all. Maybe only 20% of sites occupied. I'd been worried about finding a spot and was told Cosby is rarely full. We hiked the short 1 mile Nature trail 2 times since wife hurt her foot and couldn't walk up hill. The Nature trail was very good and one of best hikes i've ever found. Walked the road down to highway which was surprising nice, easy, tall trees and along river for quiet a while and few cars. It was 2 1/2 from campground.
Will go here again if we ever come back to SMNP.

Monday, July 08, 2013

This is our go-to campground whenever we stay in the Smokies. The campground is spacious with areas for tents and RVs. The past few times we've been there sections of the campground were closed due to brown bear activity, but in the 4 or 5 times we've been there we haven't seen a single bear ourselves.
The facilities include a couple small bathrooms with toilets and sinks, but no showers. We like roughing it so a swim in a stream during a hike is our version of a shower. :)
We usually go the second week of June and its never very crowded at that time.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

We took the trailhead in Cosby campground up to the AT. It was a relatively easy hike not to mention completely shaded.

It was not terribly exciting and being in the woods the entire time means no good views.

Really it is a means to an end for getting on the AT. I wouldn't hike it just for fun.

23 days ago

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Saturday, April 30, 2016