Fiery Gizzard Trail to Raven's Point

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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.

Distance: 9.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,243 feet Route Type: Loop

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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.

Very nice and scenic, lots of rocks and roots, watch your footing. Was rainy today so most was un runnable due to slippery conditions. Would be very nice run on a dry day.

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muddy
rocky
14 days ago

I completed this in 4.5 hours but I basically kept moving the entire time except for a split 40 minute break. The rocks were pretty slippery from the rain and the fallen leaves didn’t help. But the trail markers were pretty easy to follow. Definitely recommend having a hiking stick to help stabilize yourself on slippery rocks. There were some fallen branches that you’ll have to climb over. Also not for the weak of ankle, make sure you have good supportive shoes because this trail will test them!

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blowdown
muddy
rocky
21 days ago

The boulders are tough! Also one of the rootiest trails I've encountered. I am surprised to see this one took some reviewers only 4 hours. If you stick to Dog Hole and avoid it as a loop, then sure. Otherwise, you'd be hardpressed to make it through in under 5 hours unless you skip overlooks and rest breaks. Trail before the loop is very well maintained, but there are probably 20 downed trees to step over on the loop itself. Great hike. Do it, and leave dogs and small children at home.

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rocky
23 days ago

This is a bucket list, epic hike. We clocked 11.25 miles in 7.5 hours. Could have been faster, but we stopped a lot for pics, water, food and rest. Our dog, who always hikes with us, COULD NOT have made this hike! There are miles of round, loose boulders that are slippery at times. Don't forget your hiking sticks or make some from fallen limbs like we did. There are times you are in a Lord of the Rings movie, Indiana Jones movie or maybe in a video game. You will not be bored! Be prepared and enjoy!

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rocky
scramble
29 days ago

This was totally epic! Clocked it at 10.9 miles in under 5 hours. Very rocky and beautiful. Didn’t have any trouble with the trail markers. Bring lots of water and enjoy!

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rocky
30 days ago

Beautiful hike. Pretty tough too. The hike up to Ravens Point consists of 3 “legs”. The first leg (arguably the most beautiful part of the hike) is filled with gorgeous waterfalls and epic swimming holes. You can tell this is a popular summer spot with the locals. It’s relatively flat during this part and the trails are clearly marked. The second leg is filled with miles of Rock gardens and will challenge your balance and stamina. The crowd really starts to thin out during this part of the hike because it gets pretty arduous. The final leg has the steepest grade and culminates with an intense several hundred yard hike STRAIGHT up to Raven’s Point. You’ll have to do a good portion of this part on all fours. Then prepare yourself for the view.

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over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Mostly close to running water. Very rocky in places.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

The first time I made this loop I did it all wrong and took dog hole in and out. Today I made the official loop and completed the adventure in 3 hours 10 minutes. FG Trail through the boulder fields>the ascent to Ravens Point>back out on dog hole. If you can navigate boulders and rocks, you can get through the boulder fields in about 45 minutes. The alltrails pro map really helped me stay on the trail! Some of the trail isn't clearly marked and it's easy to get off trail. The map really helped. One of the best all around trails in the area. Highly recommend!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail and hiking conditions. It's September and still had running water and falls.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail is very difficult and features many boulder scrambles and a STEEP incline up to Raven’s Point in the last 0.5 miles of the first section of trail. The second half of the loop back does get much easier, that is, if you do it counter clockwise. Bring plenty of water and make sure to go on a cooler day. Once you start the climb up to the ridge, you will lose a lot of shade and tree coverage. On a hot day, this made for a seriously brutal section of trail. Many of the rockiest sections were also unfortunately pretty poorly marked. If I didn’t have the map loaded onto this app there’s a strong likelihood several wrong turns would have been made. Make sure you’re paying attention to your map or keeping a sharp eye out for the white blazes. The view from Raven’s Point is beautiful and the hike alongside the creek was enjoyable and scenic, despite its difficulty. Many places along the creek made for great water and snack break spots.

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rocky
1 month ago

We did this trail over the weekend. It’s pretty even with the water low. The boulder fields are no joke. The one steep incline isn’t that bad except if you’re going counter clockwise you’ll already be worn out when you get there. I’m not sure if I would prefer clockwise or counter clockwise. Take plenty of water and food. Take extra shoes and watch out for copperheads. We saw two right in the middle of the trail.

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blowdown
bugs
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail took me 6.5 hours total, including rests and brief moments to take in the scenery (5 hours of actual hiking). I ended up clocking in at 11.3 miles for the whole loop, which is largely due to getting lost I don’t know how many times. The trail is marked horribly, especially during the 3 mile rock scramble on fiery gizzard. Ravens Point is absolutely breath taking, but most waterfalls along the way were dried up with still water between them. Definitely listen to other reviews when they tell you to go counter clock wise.

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rocky
1 month ago

Did this trail today. Very beautiful hike. Take plenty of water and snacks. Wear good boots for walking on rocks. Has some of the most amazing views.

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rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Amazing trail with beautiful views and difficult terrain. Not super crazy difficult except the climb to Ravens Point. Recommend bringing way more water than you think you would need as well as lunch. Doing the loop counterclockwise with the Gizzard first is definitely the way to go! Watch for downed trees along the Gizzard as several of the trail markers are on downed trees and navigation is a little tricky!

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Great trail! We survived Mordor, found the ring, and found our way back to The Shire. Overall successful hike, however improperly marked on the left side of the loop so remember to follow the trail and app! Also super dry this time of year.

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