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O & W Railroad Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oneida, Tennessee that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 429 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Forest Rails trails River Views Wild flowers Rocky
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Don Risser
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Hiking

Easy and beautiful hike with nice views

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Chris Hines
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Jim Kreiner
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Thomas Morgan
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Hiking

Cool rock formations and gorgeous rapids, including at the bridge. Late afternoon provided great light for photos of the cliffs from the bridge. The washout was still there at 1.1 miles on 11-13-20. Use hiking poles and tree branch support and you should be fine. I would not suggest hiking this trail after a lot of rain.

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Regina Greene
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HikingWashed out

Nice hike by the river and on the mountain ridge, beautiful forest. One small section (30 ft?) of the trail was washed out, but it is still doable with care. Moderate in some spots, lots of areas look more like stairs of rocks or roots, but very nice. Massive rocks!! Sandy in sections. It was dry today, I can see how it could be more challenging under different weather conditions. Did it with my small dachshund and he loved the scents of the forest! Lots of nice pictures, too. Don’t imagine an incredible destination once you make it to the bridge- it’s one of those that the fun is in the journey. Still, the view from the bridge is incredible too!

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Shirley Key
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HikingGreat!

At around the 1 mile point, the trail is almost impassable due to the sand being washed out leaving a very narrow ledge to walk on. The alternative was a very slippery detour that is dangerous due to mud and steepness. This section really needs some work on it. After getting past that, the rest of the trail was well maintained and a beautiful hike. Hopefully the dangerous spot will get some repair soon.

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Thomas Smith
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HikingGreat!

Did the trail today and the weather was great, the trail is in good shape and the water level was perfect for some fishing.

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Sarah Rae Parker
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Charlie Bryan
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Hiking

A great trail from Leatherwood Ford to the O&W bridge. The trail is well maintained, the bridge is beautiful, and if you are willing - lots of good swimming holes to be found.

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Vicki Huber
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This trail was suggested by All Trails as a mountain biking friendly trail, but it was not what I would think of for mountain biking. the beginning of it was nice biking but then there was a lot of sandy pits, steep rocky climbs, and washouts. We ended up locking our bikes up and hiking probably about the last 1.5 miles. This is a beautiful trail with gorgeous rock formations and views of the creek. It goes out to the old OMW railroad bridge which is spectacular and its own right and has a nice swimming hole

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Vicki Huber
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glasses found at washout area of trail. 6-18-20

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Jeremiah Stringer
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Hiking

Day 2 of Sheltowee. A lot of blow downs on the way to Angel Falls Overlook from Leatherwood Ford

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Meredith Odell
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Hiking

The trail from the Leatherwood Ford Access area is rated as an easy to moderate trail. Most of the way, the trail winds along just above the river which takes on many "forms" along the way. Eventually, the trail (which is part of the John Muir Trail and the Sheltowee Trace National Trail) moves up onto a high bluff and a bit deeper into the woods. Once you hit the O&W Bridge you cross over the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Just over the bridge you’ll hit the trail to Devils Den. This trail is a bit difficult because unfortunately trail riders take their horses on this rocky muddy trail. The waterfall is time but beautiful and Devil’s Den is a smaller Rockhouse with a bunch of history.

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Linda D.
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Michael Daniels
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Rick Stogsdill
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Hiking
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Nate Slenker
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Hiking

Great trail. Not to difficult. A bit rocky in some parts, and one small steep incline, but not bad at all. The bridge was nice, and the rock features were awesome.

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Tracy Moore
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Hiking

The hike was 2.2 miles but felt like forever! The beginning of the trial was alright but then it got boring. Also the end result wasn’t really worth the hike in the first place. My friends and I went on August 2nd and in result to that one of them got Rocky Mountain spotty fever,( which is deadly if not caught early). We all got ate up my several seed ticks. It’s not a terrible trail but I won’t be going back.

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Kari Cross
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Hiking

my family and I had a magnificent time. wonderful views at the bridge. take plenty of water it gets hot. I wouldn't call the trail easy either. would love to do it again sometime but I want to try some other trails in the area first.

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Jennifer Mohr-Murphy
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Hiking

Great trail! Make sure you pay attention to the trail signs. At some point the trail looks like it goes straight or up a set of rock stairs. Go up the rock stairs! However, you can get some great pictures going the other way, but the trail does not connect there. The railroad bridge at the end is totally worth it!

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Herman Bolster
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Walking

Nice easy trail while camping and geocaching at Bandy Creek last week.

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Michael Taylor
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Backpacking
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Tara Hufford Cotten
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Hiking

Great day hike! Streams and rocks made it more adventurous but still friendly for all ages. Beautiful views and flowers would be beautiful in the spring.

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John Goodwin
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Hiking

Hiked to Devil's Den & completed Leatherwood Loop Tr on the way back. 8 mi. Majority is easy. Mod .6 mi section beyond the bridge to Devil's Den but this is the best section. Trail is well marked & maintained. Really nice waterfalls just before the bridge & .2 mi before Devil's Den. The O & W bridge is historical. Devil's Den a nice geo feature & camping site. An enjoyable afternoon.

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Junr Hicks
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Hiking

This was A good trail to hike little rocky was pretty easy . Would definetly do again

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Lea Hawkins
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beautiful

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Heather Jason Montjoy
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Probably one of the most beautiful hikes that my husband and I have done in Tennessee! Plan to go back and camp! Simply beautiful. Pretty easy hike!

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