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Fiery Gizzard Trail to Raven's Point is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tracy City, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.6 mi Elevation gain 1,243 ft Route type Loop
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Note: As of 5/29/2020, the bridge on the Fiery Gizzard is washed out. The trail is open to cross at your own risk, but If the water is high the trail is closed to through hikers. For more information, please see https://tnstateparks.com/parks/south-cumberland You should plan on doing the trail counter-clockwise. This will put you through the Fiery Gizzard rock and boulder fields while you are fresh. You will still have a very steep climb out to the Dog Hole trail, but then it is only a short distance out to Raven point. The return trip on the Dog Hole trail is very moderate with a fairly easy descent back down to the Fiery Gizzard trail. From there you have a bit of rock field back to the Grundy Day loop, but then the trail is moderate back to the parking area at the trailhead. This is a very difficult trail - be prepared and bring plenty of water. Although dogs are allowed to use this trail, users have reported that the rock scrambling can be quite difficult for them. This trail located in Grundy Forest State Natural Area at South Cumberland State Park offers spectacular views of rock formations, cascading streams, waterfalls, rocky gorges, panoramic overlooks and lush woodland.

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Contact South Cumberland Recreation Area, Rt 1 box 2196 Monteagle, TN 37365 615-924-2980

Located in the South Cumberland Recreation Area, near Monteagle, Tennessee. Located between Monteagle and Tracy city just 3 miles from Interstate 24. Guided hikes are provided by the park staff for those who wish. Take either Exit 134 or 135 off I-24.Turn right on Hwy. 41S for 4.5 miles. Visitor Center is on the left.

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Cameron Bentley
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Great!Rocky

It was an excellent hike. It was probably the most consistently beautiful hike I have done that is not in a national park. There were a ton of waterfalls and other cool things to look at each way. If you are looking to do this trail know that it kicked the crap out of me (19M). It was pretty well marked. I got off of the trail like twice. The first half is very rocky. You have to be able to balance. At the end of the first half is a massive hill with very steep switch backs. Otherwise the rest is pretty easy. The bridge is out. The log bridge is easy to find and cross though. You can't miss it. I was worried I would, but it was very obvious. I would highly recommend this if you have the endurance. Once again that hike beat me up hard, but it was so worth it. Also it took me 6 hours with the only stops being to look at a map or take pictures.

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Katherine Higgins
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Very rocky but pretty views along the trail. There’s a nice waterfall and nice pockets of scenery

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Jill Staycalm
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Nature tripsGreat!Rocky

Beautiful trail! Very rocky at some points but so worth it. The trail is 11.2, not less than ten like it says

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Samuel Anderson
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Beautiful hike. It'll kick your butt though. Clock in at 11.2ish miles for us. Good hiking shoes and some poles are a must. Also, pretty easy to lose the trail at times, so stay vigilant and on the lookout for markers.

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Scott Guthrie
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Gorgeous

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Samantha Philyaw
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Kuals Jon
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HikingBridge outGreat!RockyScramble

First. Absolutely stunning scenery. Worth the time and energy. Second. The gorge section is no joke. It is a stress test for old knees and ankles. Third. If you do the Grundy Loop and use the Dog Hole Trail to Raven Point and back, you will miss one waterfall and some views of the creek but will cut out about 80% of the agony. Happy Hiking!

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Richard Whitehurst
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Jordan Ferrell
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HikingBridge outGreat!RockyScramble

Let me tell you, this trail was a doozy for sure. But also one of the absolute most rewarding one yet. The views were to die for. All the rock scrambling that was done in the beginning made everything worth while once I made it to Raven’s. Will be doing this one again and again. Best to do the trail north to south though. Bridge is out currently, there are a few places to cross without it though. Also a natural “tree bridge” currently damning it up a bit.

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Christy B
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HikingBridge outGreat!RockyScramble

Rocky for most of trail. Hiking poles very helpful but can do it without it. Bring plenty of water.

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Solamen Silva
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I would place the South Cumberland State Park loop and rim-traverse trails on a short list with Virgin Falls as the best hikes in Middle Tennessee. The loops give you five waterfalls, an amazing five miles of trail beside cascades, multiple scenic overlooks and a gorgeous evergreen and hardwood forest. This trail is almost identical to the Fiery Gizzard Loop. The only difference is that this trail takes a wide loop to Hanes Falls when returning from the river bottom to the trailhead. It seems like every trail in this park forces me to hike at a slower pace. Not only is the terrain all rocks and roots, it’s also too beautiful to charge through without taking time to enjoy and explore. Every hundred yards is its own place of beauty, it’s own unique destination. The river bottom is a special kind of magic: hemlock roots melt like candle wax over rocks; the cascades sonorous din seems to hypnotize you into a state of carefree wonder; and trees arranged in boulder ‘pots’, trimmed with log ferns, moss, and lichen, look like ikibana sculptures decorating the trail. The rim portion of the loop is similar to other gorge rim hikes in the area (Stone Door and Savage Gulf). As soon as you climb out of the river gorge, you reach the spur trail for Raven’s Point. There are about five lookout points and a four stream crossings as you return to the trailhead, but this portion of the loop is much easier and expeditious than the river bottom. Note: The bridge across Little Grundy Creek is currently washed away; however, just downstream from the old bridge’s foundation are several fallen trees that have formed a natural log-jam bridge, perfect for crossing the creek.

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Charmie Smith
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Did this trail a couple of years ago as an in and out and it was phenomenal ! Don’t wear chacos though , the rock garden was brutal .

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Lena Long
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Fantastic, but TOUGH trail. Literally half of the trail is extremely rocky, sloped, and slick especially after the rain. Once you think you’ve gotten through the worst, you have an extremely steep climb before Raven’s point. Bring more water than you think you need and wear sturdy boots. Poles are very helpful. The return via Dog Hole is much easier and will let you catch your breath. The entire trail is beautiful with lots of lookouts, waterfalls, and impressive rock formations.

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