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Finley Cane Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 626 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Muddy

No dogs

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Angela Wood
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Beautiful trail. We did go through several spider webs, but that is to be expected we were in their home. We had to deal with lots of bugs on this trail more than we normally do again it is their home. We didn’t see a bear but we ran upon to wild hogs. That was pretty exciting.

Brannan Croft
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This one of the most accessible loops from Townsend entrance. Parking is easy on weekdays. Flowers are not plentiful but adequate.

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John Barnyak
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Hard to rate a trail anything but fabulous when a gorgeous black bear shares the trail unexpectedly about 20yds away. Was to be a rest day hike without excitement. She kicked up a notch.

Rachel Black
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One of my favorite, most peaceful trails in the Smokies. i love this side of the Park.

Don E.
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Ashley Lynn Martin
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One of my favorite trails! Only thing I would want to warn people about is the horse droppings and spiderwebs. I have never been on a trail with more spiderwebs. Lots of horse dropping’s but it’s hard to miss if you watch the ground and it’s easy to avoid. Other than that a beautiful hike. One of the most quiet and peaceful trails I’ve ever been on. We did not pass one single soul other than a little frog for the entire hike. The incline is steady and not too steep. The trail ends at a fork for 2 other trails and there aren’t any great views of the mountains. I would say in winter or end of fall the views would be much better through bare trees.

Carla Miller
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Nice easy trail, I have it a 5 due to the solitude, only saw one group of horseback riders 2 miles in and one couple on my way out. Very muddy in places, I crossed several creeks, the first being about 250 yard at the start. I was beginning to think I was on the wrong trail, and pulled this up and saw that the turkey pin marker was noted by another hiker. No wildlife today, lots of butterflies, mushrooms and small insects. This would probably be a beautiful trail when the rhododendrons are in bloom and maybe the fall. If you want to be alone this is definitely the trail to hike.

Jacqueline Hindman
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This is a wonderful “intro” hike for those new to hiking or the Smokies. While some reviews have noted there are no views, I would disagree... there are plenty of things to see along the trail if you pause and pay attention. When you reach the end, you also have several options - stop and enjoy a snack and break, or continue on and explore the trails that branch in other directions. The trail is peaceful and it’s unlikely you’ll encounter other hikers. In my option, this makes it a desirable trail for those wanting to commune with nature. You’ll hear plenty of birds and the sounds of water meandering through the woods. On this particular day we encountered some muddy spots and there are several easy water crossings. The trail itself is well-maintained with only a few downed trees to hop over. The terrain is mostly packed dirt and leaves, though you’ll find areas of roots and rocks, but nothing strenuous. This is a trail I would happily visit again in other seasons to enjoy what appears to be ever-changing flora.

Heather Nicole
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Monday 10/22/18 This is the most peaceful hike that I have been on in the smokies. I was completely alone! The forest smelled amazing and the trail was surprisingly easy to follow for being so lightly trafficked. This trail is used for horses as well and most of the prints I saw were hooves and manure. When you begin you’ll reach a sign that says “Turkeypen Ridge Trail .1” a little ways in. This threw me off because I’m bad at directions, but go RIGHT. There are 4-6 water crossings (depending on rain fall), but all have stones high enough out of the water that you can easily avoid getting wet. There were a lot of trees down and I’m curious why, but not too many covering the trail luckily (5-10 total). The only chance at a view (like in some photos) would be at the end of the trail and during winter when all of the leaves have fallen. I hiked down the trail that this one dead ends into hoping to find a view and did not. I also hiked up behind the horse tie-off area hoping that the trail there would lead to a view and it did not. This was seriously the best trail: not too difficult, not too easy, and a lot of change of terrain for an easy-rated trail. Total time for me was 2hrs 45min and that is with a little extra exploring, stopping to nurse the baby, and carrying a baby. I would definitely recommend this trail!!!

Megan Mcnutt
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Nice walk in the woods. Was hoping for views that other people reviewed but they must only be in the winter and fall. Saw an elk and lots of cool Fungi.

Krystal Smith
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Nice long hike with some climb. Only ran into two other hikers. Wildflowers & mushrooms are abundant.

Eric Cutlip
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We hiked this trail in 2012. It is a fairly easy hike without a lot of elevation gain. We saw two bears and a turkey on the hike. My wife sneezed loudly and scared one of the bears before we had seen it. It ran about 60 yards before stopping to check us out. We also included Crib Gap Trail to add some mileage to the trail. This was a good hike that offered a lot of different terrain and scenery.

Jerry T
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Walked this trail and liked it because of views and the mostly easy hike.

Jim Froula
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Dennis Anderson
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David M.
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Cordelia Hershey
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tanisha robinson
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Rick M.
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Rick M.
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Natasha Hilton
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Teresa Greene
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Linda Tucker
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Stacy Self
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clyde messenger
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Hap Greener
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Rachel Black
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Audrey Bryant
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Lynne Burke
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Brannan Croft
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