North Old Mac Mountain Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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North Old Mac Mountain Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wartburg, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.2 miles
2319 feet

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To get to Frozen Head State Park. From Harriman take Hwy. 27 North to Wartburg. Turn right (East) on Hwy. 62. Travel 2 miles and turn left on Flat Fork Road. Travel 4 miles to the park entrance. The trail head for North Old Mac is at the first picnic pavilion on the right past the visitor center of the park.

9 days ago

25 days ago

Great trail for beginners. Went with my daughter and the grade and difficulty of the trail were well suited for a child, she's 7. There are a number of flat back-county sites for camping and hammocks if that how you roll that aren't too far up the trail. Its easy enough that we are going to use it as a conditioning hike trail. Definitely worth the doing

4 months ago

4 months ago

5 months ago

By far, the easy way up to the fire tower. Plenty of elevation gain over a longer distance. One overlook and small camp site on the left right before you meet up with Panther Branch Trail. Always enjoy this trail.

Beautiful area! Frozen Head is know for its dense wildflowers which are highly concentrated within the parks boundaries! Absolutely amazing variety of stunning wildflowers 3 seasons out of the year!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

North Old Mac is definitely the easiest option to get to the observation tower from thr Old Mac parking area/visitor's center. Its a little bit longer than South Old Mac and not as scenic, but the grades up arent as severe as South Mac or Spicewood and more spread out over the length of the trail. The trail was also in better shape with fewer downed trees/obstacles than the other two as of May 2016. Definitely recommend taking it up to the tower, then going back down South Mac for a low-intensity day hike good for transitioning from beginner to intermediate hikes.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sunday, May 01, 2016

My first back country camping trip. Had a blast

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Recently went to Frozen head for the first time. Really enjoyed the park, especially the view top of the fire tower. Definitely recommend this trail if it is your first time at frozen head. The trail says moderate but that only because it is mostly uphill on the way to the fire tower.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Most forgiving of the trails I backpacked throughout Frozen Head. Had taken Chimney Tops to camp at Panther Gap Rockhouse - but not conducive for hammock camping. So I hauled tail along N Old Mac to the campsite. Beautiful spot for a sunset - spur near the Panther Branch junction. Continue past the fire ring, for an even more spectacular overlook. A lot of spots were muddy - despite not having rain for more than a week...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I recommend hiking this trail in Spring. The wildflowers are amazing!! I hiked up South Old Mac and to the observation tower and descended North Old Mac. The grade was not as steep as some of the other trails at Frozen Head. It was much easier on my knees.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Good fun. Nothing exceptional about the hike, but if you're searching for some time in the secluded wilderness then this is a good little day hike. The view from the observation tower is good---wish it rose further above the treetops.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hiked up the South Old Mac trail and passed several trail Runners from the Barkley 50k event. Camped at the base of the tower. The views from the tower are worth the trip. Hiked out North old Mac but detoured on Panther Gap and followed it to its trail head. Had my 10 year old with me for the trip and we had a great time.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hiked N. old mac up to the tower and back down S. old mac and did the loop.. Its a steady incline all the way up and steady drop on the way out.. Not much to see on the trail its self but the tower and view was worth the effort. Trail is in decent shape but could use some work in places. Seems not to be getting much foot traffic. Only passed 3 other hikers in 4 hours.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

North Old mac was a very nice trail. Very moderate incline unless you decide to take the 0.5 mile trail to the top where the observation tower is located. There was a great campsite about halfway up located left of a fork in the trail. It was great for hammocking and even had a nice rock face to stand on and check out the view. Not too many chances of scenery on the way up but a good trail nonetheless.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Last weekend My wife and I went up the Tub Spring Campsite at the top of Frozen Head. We started on the Judge Branch Trail then turned right on to the South Mac Trail that took us all the way up to the fire tower. The Judge Branch had a nice campsite off the trail very large with 2 fire circles right next to the creek. The trail itself was a very easy walk next to the creek. You do have a creek crossing that I bet in the early spring could be difficult. The South Mac Trail was nice, you are acceding almost the entire time (1700ft-2900ft) but the view from the fire tower at the top was worth the Hike. We made camp at the Tub Spring camp site. It had 2 very nice tables made by eagle scouts in Oak Ridge and the Tub spring is only 200ft away from the campsite for water. If you are staying overnight in the back-country stop by the visitor's station for a permit, you need one in order to have a campfire and they like to know where you are in the park. I recommend for a good overnight trip.