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Grand Gap Loop Trail is a 11.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Oneida, Tennessee that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as difficult and offers a number of activity options.

Length 11.9 mi Elevation gain 1,391 ft Route type Loop
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Don Risser
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Backpacking

Easy and very beautiful

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Nicole White
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Hiking

Not a fan of this trail - no scenic overlooks and bikes are constantly zooming past because in essence it is a mountain bike loop. Additionally, saw snakes 3-4 different times. Save yourselves the effort and just hike up to angel falls overlook it was the best part and then head back down

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Sam Warren
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several blowdowns on the way up the the grand gap, and several land slide areas, but you can get through, just have to work your way around a few objects, take your time. great overlook at the top. several good Backcountry camping spots as well.

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Vicki Huber
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Mtn biked the loop from Bandy Creek CG parking lot next to the pool to the trailhead off of Archie Smith road and back, not sure of the total mileage, but estimated 16 miles with the additional gravel roads to get to the trailhead. This would be a difficult trail for beginners but doable if in good physical shape. Absolutely gorgeous forest setting with ups and downs, roots and rocks, sometimes carrying bikes over rocks and up steps. Saw bear poop in a couple of places but no other evidence. Breathtaking overlooks. Fun time!

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Kevin Coffey
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Ben Banks
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Hiking

Angel Falls Overlook Trail leading to Grand Gap Loop Trail is very smooth. You can tell that this trail receives a lot of traffic due to how packed and smooth the trail is. A friend and I went to camp along the GGL trail and come out the following day. It's a pretty fun hike but there isn't much to see other than the Angel Falls Overlook. You will pass maybe 5 different campsites spread out along the right side of the trail on your way in. All of these are before you reach the Angel Falls/Grand Gap Loop junction,. There is only 1 backcountry campsite along the GGL Trail. It is around 6 miles in if you do the loop counterclockwise at the Angle Falls Trail/GGL junction.

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Cheryl Hamant
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Hiking

We took the Angel Falls overlook trail in to the Grand Gap Loop Trail. Angel Falls trail followed the river and thus was more scenic than Grand Gap; and the 1 mile uphill climb to Grand Gap was not as bad as expected (445’ elevation gain). Grand Gap was a scenic stroll through the woods, that was lovely and pleasant at first, but, after 6.8 miles, was just really a very long walk, with no water sites (500’ elevation gain for the entire 6.8 miles). There were a few interesting rock shelves and caves, but the only really good views were at the overlook, which is just to the east of the trail intersection. There were several nice campsites along Angel Falls Trail, and at the intersection of the two trails, and at the overlook site. And a few spread around the loop. If I did it again, I’d skip the loop and just enjoy the trail in and the overlook.

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Adam Clay
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Hiking

I’ve done the hike from the parking lot to the main over look and it’s pretty enjoyable. The grand gap loop part is kind of lackluster. I’d recommend hiking out to the overlook and back and then driving to the twin arches trail, if you’re looking for a bigger day.

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Jason Brock
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I called into work on a spring day last year and hiked the grand loop. Overlooks were amazing. It was a great day! I should call in sick more.

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Stacy Bean
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Hiking

Easy trail. Get the best views from the Angel Falls Overlook. Next time, I'd omit the Grand Gap Loop portion.

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Jeremiah Stringer
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Hiking

Hiked Angel Falls Overlook and the Grand Gap Loop over two days. There is a perfect camping spot where Angel Falls Overlook Trail intersects with the Grand Gap Loop Trail. It is behind the sign at the top of the hill. There is no water on the trail after the small rock shelf that you hike which has a cable attached. Make sure you fill up your water there. We used a mini sawyer filter. Camp site is about .5 mile past the ladder and rock shell cable are. Stumbled on a black bear twice while hiking this trail so beware. Beautiful views at the two overlooks to the right of the intersection mentioned previously. All in all a great hike!

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Mason Nowels
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This was really good for getting back into the hiking groove. It has a good amount of altitude increase to make it challenging but it isn't just incessant. All around an enjoyable hike.

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John Goodwin
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Hiking

Hiked this as combo with Angel Falls Overlook Tr. "Lollipop"out & back ,12.4mi. Most of the hike was easy with short moderate section on ascent to the Overlook. Well marked & maintained. Bridge over Fall Branch is broken but useable. Many good waterfalls & interesting rock features. Mult. superb overlooks. Mile section from Fall Branch crossing up to the plateau was outstanding. A lot to take in/enjoy.

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Ashley Teel
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Cindy Mouser
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Adam Johnson
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Michael (Sambo) Bussell
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Jenni Godfrey
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Michael (Sambo) Bussell
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Michael (Sambo) Bussell
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Chris Daugherty
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Michael Jasper
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Lynn Bushea
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Gerry Hallcox
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Michael Taylor
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Kathy Payne
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Matt Wojciechowski
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