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Rock Creek Loop is a 8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oneida, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8 miElevation gain977 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestRiverWildflowersWildlife
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Charlie Robinson
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if you don't want to do all of it i suggest beginning at divide road intersection with John Muir trail. this cuts 0.7 mile off of descent into massey branch drainage and puts you 1.7 miles from Rock creek drainage and good camping spots along the creek. several excellent spots along rock creek to camp. this a good out and back for old farts and out of shape folks. rate it on the easy side of moderate.

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Chris Blohm
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John Combs
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Hiking

Nice walk along the creek but some muddy areas. About half way through found a tree across the trail with a large bee hive in it. Several good campsites and a lot of rock features. Trail runs along an old railway bed and there are some timbers still intact. Steep climb at the end of the counterclockwise loop with a mile long road walk at the end.

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Chris Sexton
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I would suggest this hike really awesome trail great scenery

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Madeline Kingson
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Beautiful trail. Definitely a walk in the woods. I saw 3 bears. I hiked it counter-clockwise and the climb out of the gorge at the end was intense. I saw 4 established campsites. Going counter-clockwise, here are the mileages at which I encountered them: #1 - 2.5 mi (immediately once you finish your descent into the gorge) #2 - 3.3 mi #3 - 3.7 mi #4 - 5.5 mi I didn’t have any problems with following the trail. There was plenty of signage and blazing. I was glad to have a GPS map of the loop for backup though. I’d recommend this hike if you’re looking for a quiet backcountry trip without any particularly spectacular views.

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Allen Hendry
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Hiking

Rock Creek Loop is a really nice trail with rock features, water features, and a bit of history with the old railroad cut. The trail is well-maintained and not especially steep except in a few places. A plus is the old Hattie Blevins Cemetery at the trailhead. Most of the stones are just pieces of rock dug out of the mountains and moved to the cemetery to mark the graves of loved ones. The only negative about the trail itself is that it appears to become flooded during heavy rains and some areas tend to be rather muddy. But the trail is definitely worth your time!

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Ashleigh Schmeltzer
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Julia Ross
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Well marked and maintained. Bridge that was out has been rebuilt.

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Suzanne Thomson
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spent a weekend on this trail, it was very clean, easy to follow. only ran into one other couple. be aware it really is 9 miles. actually one of my friends on the trip said her watch showed 12 miles total. Excellent camping sites. I agree with all who say to go clockwise, it was tough going down hill, very slick in March, but wouldn't have wanted to try climbing it Sunday after already hiking for 2 days. highly recommend.

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Crystal Jackson
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Backpacking

We completed this loop this past weekend, choosing to do the downward slope first. The views were beautiful, despite most of the leaves already fallen however the path was littered with fallen leaves which was good as the trail was often muddy at times, due to the recent rains. We took photos of each campsite along the creek. There's also a campsite near the parking lot on your right as you are entering the trailhead. Rock formations are beautiful, take the time to look around to see huge cliffs nearby. you are in a valley and there are some steep steps at times. Hiking poles are definitely a must!

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Jason Smith
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Hiking

This is a fantastic trail and well maintained. We started clockwise but we didn’t have time to finish the entire loop. What we did see was worth it. It’s a bit of a drive but it’s worth it. Very peaceful, we saw tons of birds, mushrooms and the leaves were gorgeous. The hike along the creek is breathtaking. We went clockwise on the trail so it made for a pretty steep drop near the beginning into the gorge. I would recommend trekking poles. We are experienced hikers and we found them very helpful.

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Michael Taylor
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David Schroeder
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Hiking

I really like this trail. A good portion of it is along the Rock Creek. A couple nice camping spots on the water. Good for a one nighter.

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Joe Bisso
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awesome hike along a creek. great camp sites along creek, too.

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John Goodwin
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Hiking

Moderate. Well blazed & maintained. Hiked counterclockwise. Begins easily through mixed forest. Descends to creek side past a few rock houses. Long rolling section along the water is very pretty/peaceful. A bridge is out along the creek but no trouble going around. Leave creek w moderate uphill. Finishes on the road w approx. .5 mi back to trailhead. Bit of a drive to get to this trail but worth it.

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Kyle Wikberg
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Great beginners trail. Easy hike. Nice campsites.

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Mark Ashley
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Hiking

Great loop trail. We hiked this loop on the first of November and enjoyed a small amount of fall color. It might have been better earlier in the year, but I loved this hike anyway. We found several good campsites and I'd like to return to backpack along the trail and explore the area more. We hiked along the trail in a counter-clockwise, which meant that the end of the hike was quite steep. The trail followed along an old railroad grade and many of the old railroad ties are still on the trail. The scenery is beautiful, with the creek and cliffs being the star attractions for this hike.

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Ralph Troutman
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Hiking

Good loop trail, turned out really nice for November. Able to see the streams with the leaves off. Started to the north from the trailhead and did the trail counterclockwise. This made the last 1.5 miles pretty much uphill. This would be a great trail in warm water to spend some time wading in the beautiful streams..Massey Branch and Rock Creek. Rock Creek Loop shares most of its length with the John Muir Trail and Sheltowee Trace. Interesting rock formations along the way, typical for the Big South Fork area. NPS sign says 9 miles which seems a bit long. I plan on doing this trail again in late spring/early summer to see the rhododendron and mountain laurel. Trail was in very good condition.

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Will Singleton
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Mike Schmeltzer
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Jesse And Vicky Rooney
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Casey Adkins
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Marcelle Wunderlich
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David Mann
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Dave Sherman
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Katharine Bradford
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Levi Drescher
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Larry Kolstedt
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