Meigs Creek Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Meigs Creek Trail is a 6.8 mile out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and fishing and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1423 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

fishing

hiking

river

waterfall

muddy

no dogs

3 days ago

I didn't care for this one too much. I made through about 8 stream crossings before I turned around. Lots of downed trees that had been cleared and overgrown areas as well. I did make it past the huge birch tree though. I wouldn't do it again.

backpacking
8 days ago

1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Moderate in difficulty. Stream crossings are numerous, keeping it interesting. Lots of downed trees across the trail near the 2.8 mile mark on April 24. Crossings can be a challenging after rain. Have fun.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Awesome hike for getting back into shape!!

hiking
3 months ago

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

If you are looking for a nice, moderate half-day hike, this is your place. We had no issues with parking at"The Sinks" which is the trailhead but I can imagine parking could be an issue during heavy season. The trail will challenge you in the first mile if you keep a quick pace...great heart rate work. Then top out over the Meggs Creek ravine itself. Downhill until you hit the creek. About 1.5 miles to the major falls, maybe a bit more. Multiple creek crossings and water was high and as it was cold weather we were challenges to hop rock to rock or tree to stay dry. Made it really a fun hike. I can imagine this is a great hot weather hike as the trail follows close by the creek after that first mile.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

*No facilities at the trail head. Make a pit-stop at the IGA grocer/gas station in Townsend, or drive further ahead from trailhead and stop at Metcalf Bottoms picnic area, then turn around and go back to trail head*

The parking lot gets very full, very quick.....especially when the warmer months are upon us. Folks come an take a dip in The Sinks, and stay for hours....so my suggestion is to get there early. There are no other parking options near the trail head.
Wonderful trail, with many, many creek crossings...18 times, two times (out and back). Be prepared to get your shoes wet, if we've had heavy rains, or be sure to bring along/wear water shoes.
The trail is challenging enough, but not brutal. The water level was very low, the day I went (July 19th), only only got my shoes wet because of misplacing my foot.
The Meigs Creek Cascades are beautiful. Again, the water was low enough for me to rock hop to the middle of the water, and not get wet.
The last 1/4 of the trail, before the Meigs Mountain and Lumber Ridge trail junctions, was becoming quite overgrown, when I was there. The nettle was very high, and flopping over the trail. The ferns, although gorgeous, was creeping into the trail, and was thick....no snakes were seen, but because of the over growth of foliage, I couldn't see one even it one was there! Many varieties of mushrooms, and there were several HUGE American Beech trees that are a lovely sight!
Had my first bear sighting, while on the first 1/4 of the trail....but he/she was so far away, there was no threat. I just watched in awe, from afar, until I knew it was at a safe distance that I could continue.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail for a hot August day with all the water crossings. Water level was not too high so we were rock hopping with no need to change out of our boots. Few folks on the trail. Lots of varieties of mushrooms noted. Would definitely do again as a car drop and go from the Sinks to Tremont to make this an eight mile one way.

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Very nice hike. It poured while we hiked, so crossing the rising creeks was a bit of a challenge, but fun nonetheless.

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Saturday, November 14, 2015