Emory Gap Trail

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Emory Gap Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 day ago

Had a lovely day hiking with my husband. Haven’t been able to hike in a while so chose this hike recommended by the lady at the visitor center. If you have never been you should stop here and get a map and they have nice restroom facilities. The hike itself was what we would call easy to moderate because of the rocks and stones in places plus roots to navigate over. It was a bit muddy but really OK. It took us a little over two hours but we walked at a very reasonable pace and lingered at both waterfalls.

14 days ago

Very nice hike. Loved the scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an easy hike for our family, but I don’t think it would be an easy hike for every person. The trial was muddy - wet mud - for most of the way. So, if it’s rained recently beware. It’s also filled with rocks and you need to be aware of your footing. There’s an incline to the trail, but not excessive. This wouldn’t be an easy trail for someone with balance issues. The scenery was beautiful. Being able to hear water flowing the entire length of the trail was wonderful and peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to moderate, good for children, well marked, quiet and peaceful.

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rocky
2 months ago

This trail is beautiful, easy good for dogs, some inclination but not bad. A little mud but was ok. Well maintained. Short trail but enough to get your cardio going. Also they call this trail easy, yes is easy BUT if you have bones and muscles issues it will be a little challenging for anyone. Have some inclination with a lot of rocks.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Rain yesterday made trail muddy, but not that hard to walk through. So many beautiful waterfalls! Even a few early wildflowers. Lots of people with well-behaved dogs.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice scenery and a relatively easy walk. It’s pretty short, so we like to combine it with a hike up Panther Branch Trail to South Old Mac. Makes for a great day hike, though it does require a little road walking to hook up.

2 months ago

Short but great hike. Can be added to other trails for more miles. The two water falls are beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike any day of the week! Ample parking, clear paths, and if it’s nice out it’s perfect for some fun in the water!

3 months ago

took my daughter she loved it easy hike

4 months ago

nice short trail. easy walking.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. It was really muddy on a lot of the trail, as it had just rained the day before. Prepare to get dirty. The waterfalls were beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Great easy trail.

hiking
4 months ago

We enjoyed this water fall the best!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail all the way around. We went a day after a heavy rain, so the waterfalls were at full force. Beautiful trail, and an easy trail too.

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous views of the river the whole hike. Camp here and check out the other trails!

hiking
6 months ago

Did this one after the North and South Old Mac loop. Lots of people and kids playing in the creeks; wide, fairly flat trail. It's worth the time if you're at Frozen Head.

7 months ago

Worth the time

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail for families with small children. Not too long and goes along a river/creek so also gives the kids plenty of areas to explore.

hiking
9 months ago

It was perfect for young kids and a puppy. Wide trails. No drops. They could play in several stops along the river and even at the fall.

hiking
10 months ago

Continuing past DeBord, it’s an easy, steady climb (about an additional mile) to the next fall on Emory Gap trail. Muddy and rocky but not difficult. Only complaint is that the fall isn’t impressive and rock climbing is necessary to get the best view.

hiking
Friday, April 20, 2018

This was an enjoyable hike. I agree with most of the others. I don’t think the last third could be called easy:) Of course I’m 71 and far from the fittest hiker on the trail!

hiking
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Nice trail lots of water after a rain event. Second half of trail was like walking in a creek! Looking forward to the next visit.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Easy from trailhead to Debord Falls, some areas rocky so watch your step. To continue onto Emory Gap Falls is doable but defiantly closer to the moderate range. You are going up hill more and there are a lot more rocks and tree roots. ( I did see and older man fall, he was not injured). If the the first Falls (Debord) do not have plenty of water flowing you may want to wait to do the second leg another day.

hiking
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Love this trail! Not sure I would say easy especially the very end of trail but can be done!

hiking
Sunday, March 18, 2018

NOT EASY. This is definitely a moderate hike—especially closer to the falls. They were beautiful and well worth the effort. The Debord Falls are on the same trail, so stop and see them on your way.

hiking
Sunday, February 25, 2018

This trail is beautiful. We went after some heavy rain and the waterfalls were amazing! We ended up filling a few side trails to explore also and hiked about 4 miles. It was moderate in difficulty. Not bad. I did it with an 18 month old on my back and didn’t struggle. I recommend this hike a million times!!

hiking
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Short easy spur off Panther Branch Tr. Rocky footing. Pretty waterfall after a rain. 3mi roundtrip up Panther Br. to access. This is on old roadbed & adds Debord Falls & pretty stream side hike.

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Easy trail, beautiful foliage. Waterfalls would be nice if there was more water . They were barely dribbling. But i thoroughly enjoyed the walk.

hiking
Thursday, November 02, 2017

You want to wait after a good rain if you want to be impressed by the falls. But it was very pretty, even the drive there. Lots of rocks so you have to pay attention. Uphill whole way.

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