Grundy Day and Fiery Gizzard Loop Trail

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South Cumberland State Park

Grundy Day and Fiery Gizzard Loop Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tracy City, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 308 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures This trail has tons of places that you could stop and take a swim. A lot of pretty moss growing on trees that have to be hundreds of years old, and tons of pretty river views. Make sure to take the extra mile to see Sycamore Falls! Bring some good shoes because though it's not difficult there are a lot of big rocks.

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bridge out
3 days ago

Very scenic trail! We went a bit of a longer route intentionally to see more of the trail and water features. Lots of spots to get in the water. Sycamore falls itself was a bit underwhelming compared to some of the other falls in the area, but the rock formations and natural beauty of the trail was totally worth it anyway! The bridge to get across to Sycamore falls was out so you do have to cross over a creek at one point. Took a min to figure out, but was able to do it with two dogs no problem.

More waterfalls than marked! Beautiful trail, an escape from reality for a bit!

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rocky
8 days ago

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bridge out
muddy
9 days ago

We really enjoyed this trail. There were several waterfalls along the way and a lot of shaded areas. Bring your swimsuit, or some dry clothes, because there are several spots to jump in and cool off. I had my 11 year old with me and some parts were a little challenging for him. There is a bridge out, however, it was still easy to go across. There were several muddy spots, but that is understandable after a lot of rain and the water that runs through it.

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muddy
9 days ago

Beautiful trail. Moderately busy. Everyone was respectful even though the trail was narrow! I wish I would have known there were a few good swimming holes!

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bridge out
muddy
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

Well worth a 1 1/2 hour drive. Me and my 10 year old daughter prepared for 10ish miles. Actually did about 4.5 and were completely satisfied. We started at fiery gizzard trail head. We went to the right. CCW. and immediately ran into visual pleasure. Bout mid ways through the day loop you can and we did carefully make our way across the water. Went to the right and followed it a mile or more. Running into more waterfalls and huge rock formations. This hike was non stop beautiful. It’s very damp because of the constant water running along the gorge. Bring water shoes, ziplock your prized possessions, a couple towels, couple bottles of water and enjoy the show. It’s very slick all through out which makes it a slower go than your typical multi-miler.

hiking
10 days ago

One of the most beautiful trails I’ve been on! A little more treacherous that I expected due to slick rocks and tree roots on the narrow pathway by the river, but it was totally worth it. Lots of swimming holes and waterfalls to see. I would definitely love to come back and do the longer trail!

muddy
10 days ago

Outstanding trails, there is running water and falls basically the whole hike. It was a little bit wet but that's to be expected in the spring here.

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bridge out
muddy
rocky
11 days ago

Trail was perfect for a sunny day because you had tree cover. I would rate it as a hard trail for the narrow path and rocky walkway. However there were great views of the waterfalls!

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rocky
11 days ago

went because it had been raining and knew that would make for good waterfalls. Trail is well marked and the waterfalls are wonderful if not as tall as Fall Creek. Lots of places to stop and watching the water. Moderate difficulty is main due to tree roots and rocks being slick sometimes with a few hilly spots. Definitely planning to go back to do the while Fiery Gizzard trail

hiking
15 days ago

Simply beautiful! I will definitely be headed back to hit the longer trail off the loop. But the short trail was a nice midday break!

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail - nearly the entire path is next to the water. Stunning waterfalls.

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flooded
muddy
17 days ago

Fantastic trail! Wow. Definitely worth the drive! One of my favorite trails. It’s definitely a little more technical, but there are several worthwhile pit stops. The first picture listed for this trail is inaccurate. That fall is part of an extension of this trail, but not on this shorter 3 mile trail. I was a little bummed. I still recommend, but keep that in mind.

One of the best trails I’ve been on in TN. Highly recommend. Lots of stopping points along the water to enjoy the scenery along with swimming holes throughout the trail.

Great hike on a beautiful day! The bridge to the water fall was gone, but if you didn’t mind crossing some fallen trees you could still cross!

Beautiful shaded trail! More than half of it has you walking along the big creek! This was one of my families’ favorite hikes and we used to live in Colorado.

This is possibly the best trail I’ve ever done. So many sites along the way to keep the family entertained. Many waterfalls, cave openings, swimming holes, and lots of wildflowers and crazy trees. I would not necessarily like to be on this trail with very small children because parts of it go along the edge of a severe drop off. We took the detour to check out the remains of the CCC Company 1475 camp which public work relief initiative back in the 1930s. Awesome if you are a history buff, with informative signs to explain what you’re looking at.

bridge out
1 month ago

4/24: Just an update that the bridge is still out, but the park is back open (currently closes at 6:00 PM due to COVID-19). I've posted two pictures so you'll have an idea of the bridge situation (sort by new). Note the sign mentions continuing on the trail is a misdemeanor. So consider skipping that section. Still an incredible hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Completed 2016 beautiful

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bridge out
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

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