Injun Creek Loop Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews

Injun Creek Loop Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

4.6 miles
1476 feet

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


As you head up Injun Creek you will find an old Indian burial ground then a side trail to visit the McCarter Cemetery, passing many rock piles and stone fences. Next camp #32 where Injun Creek and Grapeyard Ridge trail cross. Go up Grapeyard trail, toward Roaring Fork, looking for a tree with very twisted branches.That tree signaled the spot to start the manway portion of the hike. This manway, in the old days, was used to get from Grapeyard Ridge to Greenbrier. Of course the trail is now an overgrown manway but the trail is still very visible with just a few blow downs. Follow the manway for about three miles before coming to a huge hollowed out chestnut stump. At that point take a right turn and go down a fairly steep hill. You will then be at the 2nd parking lot you passed to the trail head.

12 days ago

This trail is well maintained and a very smooth walk. Not many rocks and roots. I've hiked a third of the AT and many other trails and this trail is smooth. Alas timing is everything in life and my timing on this trail sucked on a micro- and macro- scale. I got to the trail near sunset. I knew it would take me a couple of hours to complete. At the start there was evidence that a wind storm or micro burst had been through recently. Deadfall crossed the trail but someone had cut paths through it. (By the way I went clockwise on the loop.)

I made it to the McCarter cemetery and had to go through three small deadfall patches before coming to a very large, impassable one about 300 yards into the side trail. I'm sure I didn't miss the cemetery by much. I didn't have time to clear through that mess and make it the rest of the way up and so I turned around. Next time I will get there.

There is a really nice campsite at the top of the trail before making the turn. It would be a great spot for lunch or dinner. You need a backcountry camping permit to camp there. After I made the turn at the top I began to hit deadfall after deadfall. Small stuff that you have to through - not over or under. It was time consuming and I didn't want to risk that being the case all the way down so I turned around and went back the way I came.

I wish I could say that I saw the steam engine but again didn't have time to look for it. I was both days and hours late in my trek.

13 days ago

24 days ago

Trail is very rocky and rooty. After the rains, the waterfall half way up was splendid.

1 month ago

4 months ago

10 months ago

The trailhead is just beyond the ranger station.
Beautiful hike on a narrow, woodsy trail along creek.

11 months ago

Monday, May 23, 2016

This is a moderate trail to hike with a lot of foliage along the way. You do cross several streams in the process and the canopy cover keeps the trail fairly cool. The payoff comes at the end when you come upon Injun Creek and the old steam engine wreckage.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Great little trail. Very pretty area with small creeks and bridges. Cemetary was very nice and super interesting. Never saw the "Injun" which was disappointing but had a great time. Not a soul on the trail so a very quiet and peaceful hike. Beautiful stone walls, flowers and bridges!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What a beautiful hike with lots of history. Seen a young bear and encountered a swarm of yellow jackets. Note to self - being after bite bee spray and Benadryl on future hikes

cross country skiing
Thursday, October 01, 2015

cross country skiing
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Friday, April 04, 2014

Hiked this trail today, after hiking Porters creek to the falls. It is not a hard trail and seeing the steam engine at the end made it worthwhile. As a bonus there were many yellow trilliums just opening up. We love finding old homesites and cemeteries and there was plenty to see along this trail.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Nice moderate hike. Not over crowded. Finding all of the different things to look at is tricky. Worth it all the way

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This was a nice hike. It wasn't that strenuous but there are some gradual elevations going up the trail. The McCarter Cemetery is well worth the entire hike. My GPS had the entire mileage including the trek to the cemetery at 5.57 miles.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

NOT A LOOP but a great in and out hike. Don't trust the d/l track!

Ok, we started behind the Ranger station and about 1 mile in noticed the stacked stone suspected Native American graves to the right of the trail (N35 43.0102' W83 24.7231'). All along the way, you'll notice stacked stone walls around along the trail as well.

We poked around the rocks for a while and continued up another 0.2 miles and found a fork to the right that pointed to the E.E. McCarter Grave yard (N35 42.8741' W83 24.7909').

Followed the trail to the right about a quarter mile and ended up in a cool little grave yard in a clearing in the dense woods (N35 42.9349' W83 24.9586'). Well worth the side trip!

We backed out to the main trail and continued along another 0.7 miles and came to the Injun Creek camp site and just beyond it is a trail marker that points ahead and also to the right (N35 42.3816' W83 25.2440') . The downloadable track pointed to the right so off we went.

After about a half mile up the ridge we noted we were going away from the loop track we downloaded. We backtracked to where the trail and track crossed (N35 42.4752' W83 25.3809') and there was a huge downed tree there and thick brush in the direction of the d/l track. I suspect that once this tree fell, no one continued on the track and it has really overgrown. We didn't feel like bushwacking it so we went back down the ridge and to the camp site and had a snack and a rest.

While there, we met up with another hiker (who was looking for 2 missing members of their party that got separated) and he told us that the wrecked steam engine was just a bit further up the main trail so off we went. About a third of a mile straight on from the signpost we found the engine in the creek (N35 42.0775' W83 25.2975') . Also well worth the trip! After playing around the engine, we hiked straight out (about 2.4 miles back down the trail). It was a great hike and would highly recommend it.

Back at the Ranger station, the missing hikers were just being reunited with their party; seems they continued on and came out a few miles down the road after scaring their party half to death. The Ranger was quick to point out not to separate on unfamiliar trails.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Nice hike. A few stream crosses but not difficult. Did a out and back was not aware it was a loop. Found this trail in a top trails book which had it as and out and back.