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Emory Gap Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wartburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 433 ft Route type Out & Back

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Laurel Smith
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HikingRockyScramble

Panther Branch + Emery Falls to Old Mac North.

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Randy May
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Hiking

This is an extension of the Debord falls trail. It is easy up to Debord falls then it turns tougher the closer you get to Emory Gap falls. Just like Debord falls it is dependent on recent rainfall. I’ve never seen it dry but expect barely a trickle if it’s been dry.

david coffelt
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Hiking

Nice trail with a few issues of roots and rocks. Not to bad and mostly shaded. Unfortunately the creek was down so the waterfall was lacking...

Wayne Baker
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Hiking

We did Emory Gap and Debord Falls in tandem. There’s nothing “easy” about Emory Gap! More on the hard side of moderate! And, practically no water at the Emory Falls. Debord Falls was only marginally better as far as water flow. At least the trail to Debord was easy, as advertised.

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Shelby Otway
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HikingBugs

Gorgeous hike along creek and pretty falls. Easy to fun and follow, little muddy and rocky and good waterfalls after a rain. Would do it again!

Teresa Kazmier
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HikingGreat!

Nice hike all up hill going to it, easy on the way down. Was there June 30 and had water.

Kara Mauller
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Hiking

Awesome hike! Bring bug spray

Malee Hogan
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Hiking

Had a great trip up to the almost waterless waterfall today! Despite that surprise, it was still a very pleasant walk with some fun rock and root trekking throughout.

Susan Anderson
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyWashed out

I hiked this trail in October. This trip was much different*. While there were lots of rocks on the trail in October, there have been some heavy rains, so now there’s lots of washout, and lots of tree roots. It is a good trail for dogs, and you can pop off to other areas, but wear good shoes with a good “trail” tread to keep from slipping. *I forgot to stop recording. I hiked to Debord Falls, then Emory Gap Trail.

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Steve Ciesielski
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Hiking

Great trail for family hike, 4 kids under 9 and they all did well. Pretty waterfall in cavern type overlook

Angelia Maxey
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Hiking

Great trail and beautiful falls! We wanted to add miles, so we did the entire Panther Creek trail (off to the right after Debord and well marked). Panther Creek is an absolutely amazing and magical hike and mostly uphill with many small falls along the way! Don’t stop at the fence, but take the trail on up to the top at the Old Mac trail junction. Debord Falls is actually a part of the Panther Creek trail, so you can stop at it on your way up to the trail to Panther Creek and Emory Gap. We then went on up .5 to Emory Gap Falls after finishing the Panther Creek trail. The total, we think, was well over 6 miles out and back. Beautiful and moderate hike!

Carla Miller
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Well worth the short hike love the falls. A little rocky and roots in certain sections.

Sherry Cotter
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Muddy

Great short stroll thru the park and can see two waterfalls. Great trail for smaller kids

Nancy S.
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Hiking

Park at the Panther Branch Trailhead. From there it is easy to find the trail. You will parallel a stream until you arrive at Debord Falls. The trail to this point is relatively flat and easy. After a very wet spring, parts of the trail were muddy and there were tiny side streams with run-offs onto the trail. Venturing past the first falls, the trail becomes much more challenging this time of year. There were lots of roots, stones, flowing water and mud holes to maneuver around. Today (5/1/20) we counted 9 mini falls (run offs), most of which required crossings. They were NOT challenging and could easily be done without getting wet but required careful footings. We were glad we brought our hiking poles! Even though the early spring flowers have passed, there were still many beautiful flowers and lots of breathtaking views along the route. Stick to the trail as we saw lots of poison ivy along the journey.

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Hannah Lyril
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HikingBugs

My Fiance and I went here and it is GORGEOUS. this area is well maintained, well marked and perfect for kiddos and dogs. I was a little frustrated because frozen head has several different parking lots and we always park at the trail head one (first parking lot you see) but the trail starts at the 3rd parking lot. it was totally our fault but I hated walking on the road with the dog and kiddos. either way we ended up walking about 4 miles the water was freezing but oh my lawd gorgeous water through the entire trail!

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Tom Long
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Hiking

Great Trail. First .9 miles is as wide as a road. The creek is next to you most of the way up offering some great views and some mini-waterfalls. According to my recording the trail all the way to Emory Falls and back is 3.6 miles which includes the blue blazed trail and the last .5 mile white blazed trail to Emory Falls. Great for dogs. Some nice swimming holes behind boulders in the creek. If you have the time and the right footwear cross the creek at the end of trail to the other side. There are some much better views of the falls for only another 100 feet up in elevation.

Phil Perkins
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HikingMuddyRocky

Easy hike along Emory Gap Branch, over sometimes muddy trail with rocky surface. Beyond Debord Falls, trail turns uphill with a few switchbacks, and larger rocks. Trail ends at Emory Gap Falls in a small, scenic gorge. Both falls had a good amount of water flowing. A few small flowers were visible. Nice hike for all ages.

Jim Curran
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Hiking

Took 3 kids with us between 4-7 and they did great! Lots of “adventure” for the kids to be excited about. Rocks to climb on and streams to cross near the top. Great trail for younger hikers.

Kelly W
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Hiking

Easy hike to the first fall. A little bit more moderate and rocky to the 2nd falls.Lots of people on trail today and plenty of other dogs. Very beautiful hike. Just a little bit mud on first part trail as it did rain yesterday,but not a lot. Hiked on a very unseasonably warm Groundhog Day. 65 and sunny. I think the first falls where prettier than second . Lots areas to get in water in the summer months.

Michael Daniels
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HikingMuddy

Great trail.

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Andrea Viars
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HikingIcyRocky

This is the first time we have hiked this trail and it is one of the best/prettiest hikes we went on. The trail was very easy up to the first falls and it was a little more rocky on the way up to the 2nd falls but definitely nothing too extreme. Falls were beautiful!! Our husky also loved it! It was very cold. Freezing! At the top there were icicles on the rocks. We went just after a rain so it the falls were gushing with water! Will definitely be coming back in the summer to hang out by the falls and play in the water!

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Tom Long
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Hiking

Hiked it today Saturday Jan 11th 73 degrees kind of rainy.. Very nice hike! Not many people. More like hiking a dirt road but nice waterways surround you. Dogs loved it!! Found a nice deep dog swimming hole behind a big boulder. Waterfalls were really running because of rain. I love rainy hikes.. can be a little slippery but lack of other people makes it worth it.

Rachel Sill
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HikingMuddy

This was a great hike since I didn’t have my hiking boots with me. It was a little muddy but I had no issues in my slip on sneakers. Multiple gorgeous waterfalls and places to wade in the water in the summer.

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Lauren Lewis
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Hiking

Went for our first day hike here. Busy trail at least today, lots of other dogs which our dog loved. Beautiful falls!

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