Mount Cammerer via Low Gap Trail

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Mount Cammerer via Low Gap Trail is a 11.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cosby, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,169 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

This route to Mt. Cammerer's summit begins from the Low Gap Trailhead in the Cosby Campground and it the most commonly hiked route to the top, perhaps because it is the shortest in length. In addition to being the shortest route to the summit, this hike is quite steep. You will begin your hike on the Low Gap Trail. This portion of the journey has a lot of elevation gain as you make your way up the Cosby Creek valley. When you reach the junction with the Appalachian Trail, turn left and enjoy a less steep potion of the ascent with views of Cosby Valley, Snake Den Ridge and Inadu Knob before reaching the turn off for the half mile spur trail to Mount Cammerer. Hike carefully along this rocky spur trail as you make your way to the fire tower, which provides 360 degree views of the Pigeon River Gorge, Snowbird Mountain, Mount Sterling, the Big Creek area, and the Smoky Mountains.

hiking
1 day ago

amazing view! however the trail is very Rocky and needs maintenance. Difficult to enjoy the hike when your trying to make sure you don't twist an ankle on the way down.

hiking
17 days ago

No views at the top due to cloud cover, but enjoyed the scenery nonetheless.

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rocky
20 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

This was definitely a difficult hike. Steady incline first 3 miles. It was cool hiking on AT which did not seem as difficult after the first part of hike. The views at the top are worth it.

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rocky
24 days ago

stunning views, definitely gives you a work out.

hiking
28 days ago

difficult. very rocky. but well worth the trip. my favorite so far

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this in about 4 hours. The views at the top are breathtaking. Worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Had a ton of fun hiking this gem. Pretty busy when we got close ran into about 15 people which I wasn’t expecting. Still lovely workout and amazing view payoff

This trail is pretty tough but the view at the end is amazing. It is 12 miles from the hiking parking lot. The first 3 are hard and then it gets easier. Started at 6:20 AM and finished at 9:40 but I was moving fast. No bears but there are signs of aggressive bears in the region so take precautions.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great trail with great views. We saw a lot of wildlife and the top of the mountain was a perfect place for a picnic. We ran into a couple other hikers that were coming down as we were going up. Everyone was friendly and encouraging. I highly recommend this trail if you have 5-6 hours to hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike , completed quickly. Ran into a handful of people through out. Like LeConte better. Did in mid November - stayed warm in just a long sleeved shirt , snow in some parts . Very pretty.

hiking
1 month ago

Fire lookout at the top is awesome.

hiking
1 month ago

hard trail, but the views are worth it!

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rocky
1 month ago

Very nice hike with outstanding views at the tower. I think this hike would be best in fall and spring for optimal views with low humidity.

Man this trail is tough. The view at the end by the lookout tower is a sight to behold.

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bugs
2 months ago

if you park at the hiker lot before the gate you will end up doing about 14 miles total RT not 11. The trail is a steady continous climb past the AT for about 3.5 miles then it levels off some but still has some ups and downs to the fire lookout. The building is in good shape but there isn't much flat space around it. If you want to stop for a snack do it beforehand or after heading down in the shade. The return is hard on middle aged - senior leg joints but improves . Plan on a full day.

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rocky
2 months ago

Black Bear! On the middle of the road we had an encounter with a black bear. It slowly walked away after a couple seconds. Scary but cool! Saw a black snake on the road also. Climb was surprisingly tough and sweaty. Worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views at the watchtower. And trAil wasn’t too busy. The first three miles were tough but it flattens a little more the last two miles.

Brutal first 3 miles but moderate rest of the way up. Loved the ridge hike along the top. Long controlled fall on the way down.

Get ready to sweat! It’s a long trail but just don’t give up and you’ll love it. The top was really amazing. We had it all to ourselves!

hiking
2 months ago

First 3 miles from the Cosby campground to the AT is a steady challenging uphill hike, after the intersection with the AT the rest of the trail is fairly easy. The whole trip is well worth the hike as the view from the tower is breathtaking!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail! We started at 7 am, and arrived at the tower by 10:15, only stopping along the way to take a few pics. We did not see anyone on the trail until we started heading back to trailhead. I found the trail a little strenuous but definitely manageable, for my husband and I, we found it to be harder going down because our legs were fatigued. We thought it would be so much faster, but it is harder on the knees and also the terrain. Going down was only a half hour less, so total hiking time was 6 hours. Trail easy to follow and shaded almost the entire way, views at top are great.

3 months ago

Holy crap this was a tough climb, but the payoff was worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent hike. Breathtaking views. But the relentless incline is a little rough..

hiking
3 months ago

There are incredible panoramic views from the watchtower at the top of the mountain. Totally worth it. The trail is very well defined the whole way.

Recorded the way up. People weren’t kidding when they say it’s relentless. Uphill the entire freakin way. Relaxed at the top for an hour. Beautiful views. Worth the pay off. We started and arrived a little later than most. It was busy at the lookout when we arrived but by 2 we were the only ones here- and on Memorial Day weekend nonethe less. You could totally sleep in the lookout for the night if needed. No electric but cell service and the door closes

4 months ago

This trail kicked my butt!! Lol! This was a no joke hike and while it was very hard, it was more than worth it. The view from the lookout tower was absolutely breathtaking and I will never forget it. It was cool to have my feet on part of the AT for part of the trip too.

hiking
4 months ago

We ended up not finishing this hike after about 1.5 miles into the AT. Unrelenting uphill which any other day would’ve been fine, we just weren’t quite prepared. Pretty but kind of boring. Plans to come back and try this hike again another time!

hiking
4 months ago

This was definitely a butt kickin' hike. The climb up Low Gap Trail is relentless with many switch backs. Once you get to the AT, it eases up...so it seems. But that's only because of the grind you have just experienced to that point. Just know that the hike up to Mount Cammerer will be a continuous climb until about the last mile. Once you summit the tower, it will all be forgotten. Just Beautiful. Spectacular 360 degree views that made all the hard work worth it. There were many signs of bear along the AT, but we never actually saw one. It took us 6 hours to complete round trip with about 45 mins lunch at the tower. Be sure to bring enough water.

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