Honey Creek Loop Trail

HARD 151 reviews

Honey Creek Loop Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Allardt, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1053 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

This is a tough and technical trail that is not well marked. There are several rock houses and waterfalls which make the hike very worth while. Additionally the natural, undisturbed beauty of the area is very good reason to hike this trail. There are several points where you may ask yourself if you are going the right way. Trail blazes on this trail are random arrows, blazes of green. There are several boulder scrambles, and points in the trail where you hike in or over creek beds. There are plenty of campsites along this trail but some of the boulder crawls will make it tough to carry a backpack for camping. There are a couple of ladders to climb as well, once you reach the overlook area. The trail length is approximately 5.6 miles for the full loop. However with the different spur trails to take, it becomes more like 6 miles. It is recommended that you calculate at least an hour for every mile. This is mostly because there is so much to see and do along the trail that you will want to take it all in. Bring plenty of water and if it's been raining recently bring extra clothing. You will likely get wet.

hiking
2 hours ago

One of the very best trails I have ever been on. Not for the faint of heart. Trail markings are hard to find at times and it is easy to get off the trail. Lots of complicated maneuvers such as climbing ropes, cave traverses, and ladders. The water was up from the Spring rain which made crossing the fast moving creek difficult in areas especially with a dog. Still, this was an adventure course full of spectacular waterfalls, massive rock crevices, and mossy Appalachian territory that never ceases to surprise. Lots of steep and difficult elevation changes. It took us under 5 hours with lunch included. It is recommended to pack plenty of water or a filtration device along with a few precautionary emergency tools because of the remoteness of this area. Go see it for yourself. It’s an adventure to remember.

hiking
1 month ago

The best hike I have done in Tennessee so far! The ice made it slippery but I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful time to go! It’s not an easy hike but all of the different obstacles/things to look at keep it fun! It is definitely easy to get off the trail because of all of the beautiful surroundings, so look ahead for trail markers! My German Shepherd/Alaskan Malamute may have loved the hike even more than I did! Can’t wait to take friends and family on this trail!

1 month ago

Beautiful! Ended up making a wrong turn and ended up at the parking lot/overlook area doing this trail counterclockwise..not quite sure what we did wrong but ended up doing a shorter loop. We were the only ones out there on NYE and it was great! Definitely be careful due to ice in some spots, we brought our dogs out and it was difficult getting them up the stairs that lead to the lookout.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail literally in my backyard!!

2 months ago

Love this trail, so much to see. It is hard, but rewarding and takes about 5 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely the nicest hike in big south fork, but yes it is challenging. Prepare to see some of the best scenery, take it slow and plan a whole day (6hrs). You will be exhausted once done, but it is well worth it. Not recommended for young kids.

hiking
2 months ago

one of my favorite hikes ever!!

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful hike! Especially with the leaves turning their colors. Between taking pictures, taking in all the scenery and the hike itself.... oh, and a break for lunch, it took 6hrs. Honey Creek was a wonderful hike!!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing and fun trail...

4 months ago

Hiked it today. Very strenuous 5.6 mile hike... a lot of up and down. AMAZING scenery and rock formations. Water was kind of dried up, but I can see how the waterfalls are awesome in the spring and summer.

hiking
4 months ago

great trail. absolutely go counter clockwise.
cross the road and down 20-30 yards is the start for this direction not the trail behind the sign as this will be the end of the loop. be aware at trail intersections for trail markers.

4 months ago

Did this hike yesterday. It took us right at 5 hours. Pictures don’t do it justice at all! This is by far my favorite hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Fun and challenging trail. Beautiful landscape. Be cautious, it’s a lot like a scavenger hunt looking for trail makers and random painted arrows.

hiking
4 months ago

Very pretty. Huge boulders, meandering creeks. Definitely need to keep an eye on trail markers but pretty easy to find. Wear shoes with very good grips, mine didn't do well so did end up slipping few times and getting wet but that's part of the adventure. Nice,cool temperatures in most parts due to rock formations and creek gorges, little section in sun.

hiking
4 months ago

so fun! one of the best hikes I've done in the southeast. keeps you interested the entire way. if you are looking for a homogenous walk through the woods, this trail is not for you.

5 months ago

Went counterclockwise on this one, took us right around 4 hours. Very fun trail with a little bit of everything - rope climbs, rock scrambles, waterfalls, etc. Not a boring hike at all. I was concerned about getting lost judging by existing reviews, but there were few times we were doubtful about where we were headed, other than that it was good. The last mile we really started feeling it! Would definitely do again though, with more water.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved it! 4.5 hours counterclockwise which we really recommend. Two rope-assisted steep declines - better down vs up. Very cool rock features. I'd recommend for kids 10+ and I'm looking forward to bringing my girls as they will enjoy the rock scrambles and creek walks. Great family activity!!

hiking
6 months ago

Our favorite hike so far. Words can't describe how amazing this trail is.

7 months ago

Awsome trail......highly recommend you do this trail counter clock wise. From trail head sign walk up gravel road about 150 ft on your right small set of wood stairs, go up hill. Trail has it all, its tough but rewarding. Follow the green markers a arrows painted on rock.

7 months ago

Awesome hike! Gorgeous scenery, fun terrain, lots of shade...will be back!

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