Mount Cammerer via Groundhog Ridge Manway

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mount Cammerer via Groundhog Ridge Manway is a 15.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 15.5 miles Elevation Gain: 6,348 feet Route Type: Out & Back







no dogs

This is a relatively easy trail to follow, although it's not signed or blazed, providing your knowledge of a map, compass and/or GPS. The Groundhog Ridge Manway is popular and steep but well graded.The trail meanders along the ridge line with a direct approach to Mt Cammerer.Halfway up the ridge you will cross the Lower Mt Cammerer Trail( although it's not signed) you will cross this trail as your trail appears just across into the woods.The last 1/2 mile is the tough part and a sense of adventure begins here as you swim through Laurel and Rhodo and then rock srambles.You will pop out onto top of a small peak and get you first glimpse of the tower and the mountains.More swimming and scrambling before you reach the base of White Rock the foundation of the lookout tower.After lunch return using the spur trail that leads to the Appalachian Trail.Follow the AT south to Low Gap Trail then to Cosby Campground, follow signs to hiker parking.

Tue Jun 20 2017

I love it. I'm not in the best shape so I love the burn I feel in my legs and thighs from the climb at the beginning of the trail to the Appalachian Trail. From there it gets easier so it's a relief. Then the views. So nice.

Thu Oct 20 2016

I love every minute of the hurt. Once you reach the Appalachian Trail it is smooth sailing. Just bummed that the views have changed with people developing the land.

Tue Jul 19 2016

Nice... but uphill! So worth it though.

Wed Oct 30 2013

Steep, but amazing! I hike, but not fully experienced. It was beautiful and worth it in the end.