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Spicewood Branch Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wartburg, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.2 mi Elevation gain 1,981 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Over grown Rocky
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Challenging hike with a rocky path because of this, route distance can vary slightly. Wild boars are known to wander around this trail.

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Cordelia Hershey
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Hiking

Steep. Rocky. Slippery

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Hobart Hoskins
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Hiking

Moderate incline going to the tower. it is a beautiful trail. The trip back down is brutal on knees, ankles and feet. It is very rocky.

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Melissa Cardon
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Thomas Turner
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Hiking

Fun trail with lots of small rocky creek crossing and a decent bit of altitude gain. All uphill to a nice section of Chimney Top then all downhill on Old Mac South.

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Casey Meyering
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HikingRocky

It’s a bit of a rocky trail in spots. The signage on the route isn’t very good (nowhere at the bottom does it tell you which to way the Spicewood branch) but you can figure it out if you have the map downloaded. I saw one wild boar which wasn’t remotely as excited to see me as I was to see it, and it tore up the mountain honking all the way. The view at the top from the lookout tower was great!! I’ll definitely go back to try one of the other branches.

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Gabby Schaffer
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HikingOver grown

This trail was a solid challenge. Parts are very rocky and a bit over grown. I got caught in two storms during my hike adding to the challenge. I fell hard slipping on a wet rock so I took off a star for that, busted my knee up pretty bad haha. Beautiful view though.

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Kate R
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HikingRocky

Lovely hike that is well marked and wide at times. If you want to extend the hike for the descent there is an option to do a lower grade but slightly longer route along the north mac trail instead of the south mac trail. Very dry in July of 2020, but you can tell where the water would be when the rain comes. Definitely worth it to go up to the lookout tower. Only saw 2 other hikers on a weekday afternoon. Will be back!

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Jordan-Claire Green
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High 5 + Woops
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Hiking

June 2020. Great trail with a good view from the lookout tower. We hiked with two dogs who didn’t have any trouble with the terrain. There’s water to be had at the lower elevations but everything else was dry for us that this time of year.

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Kevin Spakes
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Nancy S.
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Hiking

As of April 24th, the park is open. We followed the directions to the trailhead given on AllTrails. It is not precise. Park in area c. The trail starts to the right of the restrooms. The “Spicewood Branch Trail” listed on this webpage is actually a combination of the Old Mac Trail, Spicewood Trail, South Old MAC Trail and Judge Branch trail. We followed the loop downloaded on this app. It says that the hike is 7.2 miles. According to our step counters, the trail is actually 20,768 steps. Also, the park guide ranks the Spicewood portion of the trail as “difficult “, which it certainly was in parts. There is NOT “a waterfall” on this route. There are literally dozens of small run-offs (I.e. numerous mini falls). At the end of April, after a wet spring, the falls were abundant and breathtaking. Nearly every falls involved a creek crossing. They were small yet sometimes slippery and often it was impossible to cross without getting wet or muddy. Closed toed shoes are essential. Additionally, a large portion of the hike involved walking in dry and sometimes wet/flowing creek beds. Hiking poles were an asset. The wildflowers were abundant this time of year.

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Chris Hubert
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Olivia Mansikka
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Jeanna Beck
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Hiking

Spicewood Branch to Chimney Tops to Fire Tower. I’ve done this route, and many others, and they’re all great. Frozen Head is my go to spot for a quick and easy hike.

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Ashton Weaver
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Chris Hearn
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Hiking

Really nice trail and park. Much harder than moderate. Very narrow with a lot of incline and difficult foot holds.

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Melissa Cardon
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Hiking

Hike up South Mac kicked my butt, but hike down Spicewood Branch was good. Distance is 7.2 without the lookout on the top.

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Jonathan Towe
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HikingOver grown
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Jill Hughes
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HikingMuddy

We are new to the area. Wanted to check out some backpacking campsites. Easy hike to the SpiceWood Campground. Trail was a bit muddy due to recent rains but beautiful hike none the less. Didn’t hike the whole trail but will do next time.

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Hannah Grant
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Hiking

The trail is marked well and even after a heavy rain it wasn’t too muddy. However, both the trail signs and AllTrails proved to be inaccurate - the signs on the trail suggest the trek is around 5.8 miles, while AllTrails says 7.2. We did the exact route and my GPS measured it as 9.7 miles which is definitely a big difference! Be aware that this is an up the mountain and back down the mountain hike - the first 5.8 miles are a climb. I would rate this trail as difficult compared to others in the area. The descent isn’t exactly a break - watch out for narrow spots and lots of rocky pathways. Not a lot to see other than lookout tower but that was more than worth it for us.

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Casey Armstrong
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Hiking

We went the first week in November and it was amazing! The leaves were fantastic.

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Ca Cheeee
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Camping

beautiful hike but the campsite is not secluded. right off the trail. but beautiful none the less.

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Taylor Groves
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Awesome trail that winds around the mountain side. Just difficult enough with a pack and dog. We continued on the Chimney Top Trail and stayed the night at Mart Fields Campsite before backtracking the next morning. Beautiful views well maintained trail/site.

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