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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.

Length 11.9 mi Elevation gain 3,169 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Horseback riding Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Blowdown Rocky Snow No dogs
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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.

At the junction of 441 and 321 in Gatlinburg (Light 3), turn to travel eastbound on 321/73 and drive 18.2 miles until the road dead-ends into Hwy 32. Turn right here towards Cosby, and drive 1.2 miles to the Park entrance. Make a turn to the right into the Park, and drive another 3 miles to the Cosby Campground. The hike to the summit of Mount Cammerer begins from the Low Gap Trailhead, located at the back of the section B area of the campground.

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Courtney Worley
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Truly one of the best views in the park. The top is unforgettable.

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Emma Highfield
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Lee Anderson
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That view does NOT disappoint. Some along the way expressed idea only view was at the top. Enough, but not too many leaves fallen, to afford some pretty scenery on the way up. I will do this again.

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AllTrails User
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Very disappointed! The only view is on the top of the Cammerer tower, but I don’t think it is worthy to take 6 hours walking in bored woodland. We did Alum Cave to LeConte and Myrtle point yesterday, it was way much fun and had absolutely better views

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Brett Timukas
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some of the best views in the park. worth the hike

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Marlo Lathan
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Hard but the views are worth it!

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Raven Johnson
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(Note: hiked beginning of October) This hike is INTENSE but GOLDEN. Lots of switch backs and incline. The last mile + going up is along the ridge of the mountain and kind of levels off. I parked in the hikers parking lot at Cosby campground and started at sunrise so I was one of the only few on the trail. HIGHLY recommend starting early even though this one isn’t crowded like Mt. Leconte can be. Several places to stop and look at the water at the first mile or less. Once you cross the AT trailhead you have some cell service (AT&T). 360 degree views at the top- BEAUTIFUL. This trail might be my new favorite. Watch out for horse and elk poo if you’re hiking in the dark. Top can be a little rocky but it will feel like nothing after the incline u just completed! IG- ravenrunswild

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Jerry King II
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Silvia Bowen
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Chelsea Skalski
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Firstly my father and I are not regular hikers, we go out a couple times a year, but enjoy it overall. Secondly the views at the top are phenomenal. With that being said, understand to get those views you are hiking to the top of a mountain, may seem obvious, but figure it should be specifically pointed out. The first half of the hike, 2.9 miles, is about a 15% grade(if our math is correct) with lots of rocks and roots across the trail. We ended up not seeing much of the scenery on this half of the trail because we had to look down so much to make sure we didn't trip. The second half along the Appalachian Trail isn't as bad and gives some respite from the tough hike in the first half, but still lots of rocks and roots. Not much view to the countryside because there is so much foliage, but that in itself is pretty beautiful. For hikers who go out once or twice a year, or for people with bad knees, this hike is hard, make sure you really want to see the views before going up. Make sure you have walking sticks if you have bad knees. And if you are not a regular hiker it will probably take longer than 6-8 hours so go early! All in all the views were great, but I have to admit I think I would have rather gone to some waterfalls trails, or something just slightly easier.

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Sarah Walker
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HARD

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Jason Heydweiller
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S Domingue
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Christina Douglass
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It was amazing! Hard hike up the mountain but well worth the view. Very rocky and lots of tree roots so be sure to wear good shoes. Take breaks where you see good spots, even if you don’t need it yet, as there are few areas on the trail that offer a good resting spot.

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Galen Godbey
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10/8/20 - Opted for the sunrise showing. Left the Cosby camp ground around 04:45. Made the slog in the dark within 2:30 and soaked in the rising sun by 07:30. Bonus: had all the changing leaves and the whole place to ourselves.

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Andrew Harter
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Eddie Wiencko
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Cindy Hamilton
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We did this hike yesterday. Like a lot of people have said the first few miles are tough, straight up basically. Then you reach a point where it kind of flattens out with some rolling ups and downs. The view at the top is amazing and totally worth the climb. We did have some people on the trail say they saw some rattlesnakes but we didn’t see it ourselves. The trail does seem to have a lot of loose rocks on it so that’s one thing to watch out for especially coming down.

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Ron Deistler
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Great views at the top. Perfect spot for lunch

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M Dove
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Did this back in July. Frustrating cause I didn’t have the map downloaded to record. That first part is long and tough (and was just as hard on my legs coming down too). And not lots to see on the way up. Very shaded in the trees. But, totally worth the view at the top. And such a cool fire tower that you can go in. Definitely recommend.

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Jessica W
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Alyssa Dozier
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Joe Aja
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It’s a tuff trail, I give it 4 stars because throughout almost the entire hike you don’t really have views. The trail is surrounded by foliage obstructing the views. At the same time however, the hike is beautiful, the foliage is giving the first hint of Autumn. The trail is challenging, with rocks and roots throughout most of the trail, for me that’s what made it so difficult. The weather was absolutely great, clear blue skies, 47° Perfect for a strenuous hike and reaching the top made it all worthwhile with 360° views.

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Chris Armenti
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Christina Scaglione
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Steep climb, not much to see on the way up or back, but the 360 view from the top was worth it

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Steve Tylka
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The first 4 miles are just brutal. A steady climb until you get to the peak, and although exhausting, the 360 degree mountain top view was worth it! There is a great rock to sit and eat lunch on and take in the views. Definitely earned its ‘hard ‘rating. Hike back down the mountain wasn’t too bad. Three large rattlesnakes amongst the rocks at the peak and saw another one about halfway back down. Recording stopped before finished but should have been around 11.9 miles.

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ryan mcdonnell
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Jeffrey Stark
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Joe Tomczak
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