Fiery Gizzard Trail to Raven's Point is a 11.4 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.

Length11.4 miElevation gain1,459 ftRoute typeLoop
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Note: As of 02/09/2021, the bridge on the Fiery Gizzard is still 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 Many users suggest 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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shannon mccann
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Tough but totally worth it

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Megan Mancini
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Beautiful hike, not nearly as difficult as I was expecting- I hike often but wouldn’t necessarily consider myself advanced. Took us a little under 3 hours to do the loop, right under 6 hours for the total trail but we got off course a few times. If you don’t have great balance be careful- but totally worth it.

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Angel Girön
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This trail is an amazing journey with some great views! Be ware it can be a bit confusing, it says the trail to raven point is a little over 9 miles but that is false. It took me about 16 miles to loop around the entire thing. It was an amazing time but make sure you prepare for this journey, because it is one! I also recommend going counter clock wise and get the hard stuff done first. Trust me! Oh and the bridge to go over to the big part of the park is closed but you can cross using the trees that have fallen over the river! Overall great hike and I’ll be feeling this tomorrow!

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Jessica Walton
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Michelle Gaddis
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Awesome hike!! Hard but worth it!!

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Joann Culley
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Excellent hike, very well marked especially through the boulders - bridge still out but crossed over on downed trees. Definitely hike again in spring and fall.

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Terry Couch
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Bridge still out. Wet trail

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Christy Brendle
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Jordan Tussey
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Gracie Mumm
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Follow the reviews! Counter-clockwise is the way to go. You’ll be thankful to avoid ascending a lot of difficult sections by going counter-clockwise! First 1/3 is easy-going; second 1/3 is strenuous and you’ll definitely feel it; and the last 1/3 is easy-going. Don’t be scared by the reviews- it’s a difficult hike but only for a section of it! The rest is relatively steady and overall, the sights and waterfalls are worth it :)

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Katy Casey
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Ruth Middleton
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Bridge still washed out but water was low so no problem crossing on the logs. Went counterclockwise and I’m glad I did. The beginning is technical (rocks) and steep at points and it was nice to have fresh legs. It’s beautiful, you’re along the creek most of the time. It’s well marked but do stay aware of the blazes. Also note, going counterclockwise you won’t see a sign for Sycamore Falls so pay attention to your map if you want to see those (you also come back by them on the way back). I went out to Raven’s Point before getting on the return portion of the trail, well worth the extra mile. Legs are tired, heart is happy!

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Ali W
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Listen to the other reviews and go counter clockwise if you’re going to do the full loop to Ravens Point. I’m a pretty avid hiker and even I found the terrain a bit challenging. It’s definitely rocky and slow going that way, so it’s best to conquer that first. There is a lot of elevation change. Plenty of big and small waterfalls and the overlooks are good. Ravens Point is on point! Gorgeous view of the valley, I would love to see it in the fall. Plan for a long day! So pack plenty of food and water. (The trail is also very well marked so staying on it should be easy)

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Shawnie Reames
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Laura Gigliotti
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LOVED this trial. Some things to note: do go counter clockwise, you will regret not doing it this way. The first half is incredibly rocky and it would be tricky when you’re tired. It’s beautiful but difficult. Raven’s point is not to be missed, the view is incredible. The cliff to get up to the point is truly awful but has to be done. Also, the bridge being out is annoying but cross at the downed logs. Would recommend to serious hikers, it’s not for the faint of heart.

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