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Meigs Creek Trail

MODERATE 137 reviews

Meigs Creek Trail is a 6.5 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, walking, and fishing and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,325 feet Route Type: Out & Back

fishing

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

over grown

no dogs

Heads up!! Creeks are up pretty high, you can only go about half way (1.7 miles) if you don’t want to wade through freezing water calf deep!

hiking
muddy
26 days ago

Hiked the Meigs Creek Trail approx. 4 miles out and back, as far as Upper Meigs Falls, an 18-foot waterfall along the trail. Recent rains have created somewhat slippery (wet leaves) surfaces on the trail, with some mud. In order to get to the falls, hikers must cross Meigs Creek 4 times. The water was a little high, and stones were moss-covered and slippery, but the crossings were manageable using a walking stick for support. Take you time to stay dry! I saw maybe 10 people on the trail - not busy. Parking is in a small lot at The Sinks, along Little River Gorge Road. Generally, a quiet and peaceful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked to the junction of Lumber Ridge Trail with my teenage son. It is now his favorite trail. Feet were a little wet from the creek crossings, but not too bad. Hiking poles were a plus and came in handy. Trees were across the trail around creek crossings 17 -20. Saw some bear scat near the Lumber Ridge trial junction.

recorded Meigs Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Started at 26deg and a lot of rain for the past several days. We could not see a way to cross megs without getting wet. Turned around. On a warmer day we prob would have gone on.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Went on Oct 20, 2019, a rainy Sunday morning. Had no trouble getting a parking space at 9 am on a weekend, but it was a pretty misty and chilly morning. The stream crossings were fairly easy vecause it was a dry year and it was autumn -- if you have boots with good traction and trekking poles. I would not recommend doing this trail in sneakers or other slippery shoes. Waterfall was nice and there were tons of interesting small flora and fauna, including salamanders, turkey tail fungus, big centipedes, and all manner of moss and ferns. We got lucky and saw some nice fall colors, and the rain meant it was not at all busy, we didn't meet other hikers most of the way, just near the parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

dry but fun. Lots of birds. counted 18 water crossings not difficult to cross without getting wet.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

This is one of my favorites, lots of twists and turns as it leads up and down. There's a bit of rock jumping after the first 1.5 miles but not difficult. Saw a momma bear and her cub on the first leg! lots of bear tracks and skat throughout the trail.

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

We got on the trail at 9am with my 3,7, and 9 year old and we didn’t see anyone until we were already headed back. The trail was well defined and had been cleaned up recently. My kids loved the hike (we carried my 3 year old most of the way, the elevation gain is challenging for non-avid hikers), and my 60 year old parents handled it with no problem. Great water elements through the whole hike, and the waterfall was beautiful. Would absolutely do again...

hiking
6 months ago

We went at 4 p.m. on a Tuesday in mid-July and never saw another single person the entire time. There was a lot of greenery, and it looked like NPS had been by recently to trim back some of the vegetation and cut the trees that had fallen across the trail, so we had no issues with overgrowth or downed trees. There were a lot of little roots along the trail, but it wasn't too bad. There were at least 20 water crossings (each direction), but we were able to rock hop pretty easily. I absolutely recommend waterproof hiking shoes -- it had been a few days since the last rain when we went, but I would imagine the stream can get pretty fast & somewhat less easy to traverse if you go during a rainy period. Meigs Creek Cascades is a lovely place to stop and have a bite to eat. You'll find it between the 6th & 7th water crossing (just shy of 2 miles in from The Sinks) after you come down the first hill and start the steady incline up to the end of the trail. Eventually, as you get up to mile 3.0, the trail will leave the creek, and there is nothing particularly noteworthy for the rest of the way unless you're using this trail to get up to the trail intersection up there, or just want some uninterrupted peace & quiet in a national park (rare, and amazing!). We saw several deer, a snake (tiny), and some toads on our way out after 7 p.m., but nothing on the way in. If you find that mosquitos l-o-v-e you, then I would also recommend a quick spray down with insect repellent before you head out. Otherwise, we didn't have too many issues with flying insects. We took our sweet time (4.5 hours, including a long stop at the Cascade), and clocked 7.2 miles on the GPS unit.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike through the woods. A lot of greenery and water crossings - 22 total. Not too busy on an early July morning.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail even with little kids at 4 and 2. A bit of an uphill at the beginning but great steam about 1.5 miles in. Great place for a lunch stop.

Definitely a lot of water crossings. Be prepared to get feet wet.

hiking
7 months ago

lumber ridge , meigs creek and last 1.9 of meigs mountain

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

8 months ago

This has been out favorite so far. we only saw 5 people in passing. The water was cool and refreshing to jump through as you passed each Creek. definitely needed waterproof shoes. We took our hammock and read books for 3 hours at the top.

9 months ago

Very fun hike! lots of river crossings to rock hop and balance across logs. Need waterproof hiking boots and a hiking stick to help balance urself across the river crossings. Pretty challenging to cross them without taking shoes off and wading across. Small but pretty falls.

9 months ago

This was a definitely a challenging hike, but it was beautiful! No bugs, trail was clean and not too rooted. The first half of the trail is a gradual incline, then it levels off, a short distance downhill, then starts to incline again. The trail had good tree coverage, so the sun is not blaring down on you the entire hike. There are several streams to cross, making this the most treacherous part of the hike. But well worth it in the end. The first part of the hike you do get some traffic noise, but it lessens as you climb. Would not recommend for someone that is not used to hiking or for a first time out.

hiking
blowdown
9 months ago

Great, quiet hike. We came down from Meigs Mountain trail. LOTS of creek crossings, wear water shoes or be prepared for wet feet. There were quite a few large trees down on the trail, but a nice scenic walk in the woods, the waterfall was pretty. Would probably be quite overgrown in the middle of summer.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
9 months ago

We’ve done this trail twice and the first time it was pretty easy, even with all the stream crossings. We went again a few days ago and there were lots of trees down over the trail so it made it trickier. Still an awesome, quiet hike!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Went in December. Great trail for kids. If water is high, creek crossings can get you wet. Fun day.

hiking
Thu Jan 03 2019

Pleasant hike on a December afternoon with no one else on the trail. We rock-hopped 36 Creek crossings up and back.

nature trips
Sun Nov 25 2018

This was the first trail we hiked on our trip last week. Definitely a good starter trail for our kids. Not much to take in as far as scenery goes but it was still pretty. Lots of moss and some pretty cool fungus on the logs. Never saw any wildlife, not even birds. There are LOTS of water crossings, some easy and some more challenging, especially with kids. We ended up taking our boots off, hiking up our pants and crossing the ice cold water barefoot in a few of the crossings. There is a gorgeous little waterfall about 2 miles up from the trailhead. The stream crossings got to be too frequent so we turned around after the waterfall which was a bummer. We really wanted to hike up further but the water was very cold and we got tired of taking shoes off and losing feeling in our toes every few minutes. Overall it's not a bad hike. We may do it again at some point to go up and see the old cemetery. The biggest like about this hike, for me, was how few people we saw. It was very quiet and serene (other than our kids when they got excited about something). Some of the more popular trails we hiked were a little too crowded and difficult to maneuver because of all the people.

hiking
Thu Nov 22 2018

Great hike! Be prepared to get wet if it has rained recently bc you will have multiple water crossings.

Tue Aug 07 2018

Great trail! Lots of fun. Hiked with beginners, loved the water features and we saw a rattle snake!

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