Piney River Trail is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Spring City, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.1 miElevation gain1,072 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingRiverViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlife
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Serita Supeck
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祥彦 岡田
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There’re few fell down trees block the trail so needed to go around, but other than that, good moderate trail!

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Shu Doi
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Lucille Milen
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Sean Sanderson
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Great winter hiking trail! Narrow trail that hugs the slope of the mountain with plenty of rocks to hop. Very moderate hike from the trailhead to the bridge and marked well. Had to navigate around, under and over some fallen trees but that added to the fun.

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Tony Sax
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail and not very difficult. Rocky in places and fairly narrow in places as well. The river is easily seen during winter hikes and the water is very clear. The waterfall after the bridge is very pretty and a great break spot before heading back to the trailhead.

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Megan Torman Smith
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Jay Bell
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HikingBlowdownGreat!Rocky

This is a great trail. It's rocky in places and very slick in wet conditions. The trail has had numerous blowdowns over the last few years, but almost all are easily bypassed or crossed. The sound of the river is very nice and ever present during the hike that follows about 100' above the river as you make your way to the bridge. One very slick and tricky creek crossing about 3/4 of the way to the bridge. Care is warranted on this trail in wet conditions. Overall a great and rewarding trail.

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Rick Glisson
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Nancy S.
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The Alltrails app takes you beyond the trailhead. Park at the Piney River Management Area parking lot on the right side of Shut In Gap Road. The trailhead is across the street and up the stairs. Today, a sunny afternoon in mid-january, we did not meet a soul on the trail. This time of year is great for doing this trail as you hike along the ridge and can see the river below. When leaves are on the trees I doubt that you could see the river. The trail had many rocks and roots along with several muddy spots and multiple tree blow downs. I was glad to have my hiking poles along for assist. Even though the trail has a fair elevation change, the inclines were very doable and not overly challenging.

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Joseph Kintz
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Wonderful hike. Many impressive rock formations. Sound of the river always present. Very scenic at bridge. Lots of fallen trees and rocks. Several short sections wet and/or muddy a week after appreciable rain. Gorgeous creek coming down the hill and across the trail. Very pleasant.

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Colby Glass
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Jacob Scheibal
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Nice trail if you just love to be in the woods like me. There wasn’t a ton of scenery and we never got to the pictured bridge but a beautiful hike none the less.

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Anneke Valk
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tracy broyles
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Melanie Manus
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Nice trail , marked well. Plenty to see. The trail could use a good clean up tho. Lots of trees down in paths way making it so you have to climb over / under or around.

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Jason J
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Add the Flat Rock Loop and Twin Rocks Spur if you can. Worth it. Parts are the trail are deteriorating and some trees are down. Can be risky in slick conditions.

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andrea Sessions
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BlowdownGreat!Rocky

Wonderful! Easy hike from Newby branch trailhead down to Shut In Gap rd. Mostly downhill, scenery never boring, always changing. LOTS of beautiful water. Numerous downed trees. Didn’t see a soul. Perfect.

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David Gates
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Carla Johnson
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This trail was in full color in early November ... challenging in spots with quite a few downed trees across the trail, but a terrific hike on a beautiful day!

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Hobart Hoskins
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Jessica Obrien
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Michelle Lynn
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NOT a moderate hike. Definitely more hard or strenuous, especially if you take the trail up to the overlook. Tails heavily covered, but markers still present. I LOVED this hike! Beautiful mountain terrain with lots of rocks to navigate, and a beautiful prize at the end! The trail head is beautiful too, just a great place to come and sit by the water!

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Michael Ellington
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Great hike! Just watch your step some places can get very slick!

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