Honey Creek Loop Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Elgin, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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.

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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.

Parking for the trail is on the side of the gravel road. There is a nice pull of here. The trail head is just up the road a little past the parking area. The road continues from here to the Honey Creek overlook. There are bathrooms back at the Burnt Mill Bridge area.

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Park Headquarters, 4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, Tennessee 37841, phone (865) 569-9778; Division of Natural Areas, 401 Church Street, 7th Floor L&C Annex, Nashville, TN 37243, phone (615) 532-0431; Division of Natural Areas- East TN office, 3711 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921, phone (865) 594-5601.

Located within the Big South Fork NRRA in Oneida, Tennessee. Take Hwy. 27 south 11 miles, turn right onto Mountain View Road and follow signs for 5.3 miles to Burnt Mill Fork Bridge Trailhead, continue across bridge and travel 3.5 miles, turn right to Honey Creek Trailhead.

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Thomas Archakis
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HikingGreat!Icy

On paper it is only a 5.6 mile trail. On the hike, it is an adventure. Not the typical “path through the woods” or big elevation gain – yet everything about Honey Creek Loop hike reeks cool fun, including the names of the landmarks along the way. Around a corner there’s Echo Rock, or boulder House Falls, or Ice Castle Falls and an enormous rock house called the Great Room. Large boulders to go over, and some to go through. A “Lookout Tower” to climb, and creeks to cross. Located at the south end of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Honey Creek Loop trail is one of the parks’ most rugged and challenging trails. This trail offers a little something for everyone. Although it is only 5.6 miles, hiking time will approach 5 hours due to the beautiful scenery, creek crossings and boulder climbs. At the end of the hike, it is hard to believe all that was only such a short trail. 5 miles of scrambling fun and beauty. Come along for some great memories. Plus: We just found an additional Falls, the largest one yet, tucked away along the trail

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Vaidyanathan Sethuraman
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HikingGreat!RockySnow

Great winter hiking trail. it's definitely worth it during winter. Good workout. Almost everything is there -- walk up steps which are almost vertical, lots and lots of ups and downs, ample waterfalls and rock climbing, walk along and across the streams and small rope climbing. Pack yourself if you are going in winter. Signs are there, but since it's a loop, it's easy to mix-up the signs.

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Ricks LostAgain
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HikingGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

Loved it. Had a little of everything, river, waterfalls, scenic view from above and the area is simply stunning. Muddy, steep, crossed the river several times by rock hopping, had to crawl on rock ledge a little and take a rope down a small hill kinda like Batman. Watch for the trail blazes as its confusing at times. It's hard, but sooo worth it.

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Cassidy Dettlaff
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Loved this trail! Technical but made it an adventure! Make sure you go counterclockwise because the trail is not well marked the other way

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Chris Schulz
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Ricks LostAgain
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Obed River Caver
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyRockyScramble

The trail is muddy in places and somewhat technical. Unfortunately during our hike some one decided to bring several large dogs and allow them off leash. A lot of hollering at the dogs by the owner continued for a couple miles as they didn’t stay with the owner. Very annoying!!! The trail is beautiful and is one of the nicest anywhere. I think I’ll opt next time to go during the week.

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James Wedekind
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HikingIcyMuddyScramble

This is a fun trail. Lots of rock houses and huge boulders, many small waterfalls, and rocky passageways to scramble around. The trail itself isn’t the best. Poorly graded with lots of roots and mud. Not terribly crowded for a winter COVID weekend. The fun part is the scrambles and the rope assisted descents.

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Lori Davidson
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HikingGreat!Scramble

one of my new favorite trails. very unique. somewhat technical.

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Umesh Timalsina
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Great. I was skeptic of the trial to deliver its hype. The variation alone blew my mind away. Will definitely redo it when its more green.

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Zena Heinemann
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Technically challenging! Loved this hike. Took my dog, he did good on the river crossings. Lots of beautiful caves.

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Morty Asgari
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddy

For sure this trial is one of the best trails state-wide, with a different vibe compered to the trials of smoky mountains! it has so many beautiful sceneries, several waterfalls, huge rocks, streams, and river. Plan to do it again!

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