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Spruce Flats Falls via Lumber Ridge Loop

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Spruce Flats Falls via Lumber Ridge Loop is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Townsend, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,509 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

over grown

rocky

no dogs

Park at the Tremont Visitor Center. There is a map near the entrance of the visitor center that details the way to the falls. The trail to the falls is NOT on the trail map for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

hiking
18 days ago

Did not make it to the Falls, but I was not trying for that. Went out 4.1 miles and back (8.2). The Tremont Visitor Center was closed, parked at lot #2 and walked across the street. Weather conditions were close to ideal. Afternoon thunderstorm wet things down but it did not soak the trail. Only crossed paths with one couple. Trail seems like it is heavily used under normal conditions but as of today it has a little bit of overgrowth and a bit narrow in spots. More traffic will widen the trail. 2 places on the trail are very narrow and caution needs to be taken. The trail has far fewer roots and rocks than most trails I have hiked and that is a big plus. Also a great trail for a summer midday hike. Canopy covers 90%+ of the trail. Today's trip was a 5 out of 5 because of conditions and circumstances.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
27 days ago

To complete the loop you have to use a man way. It is very doable and enjoyable. The bugs and the blow down tree and the river crossings were all on the man way. It was only rough for .5 mi.

blowdown
over grown
washed out
1 month ago

I hiked this trail today. Wasn't impressed at all and disappointed. the falls are pretty but you can walk to them in 5 minutes. I hiked the loop and it was horrible. Tons of blowdowns for about 2 miles hiked through overgrown trail. if it wasn't for this app I never would found my way around and out.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
muddy
off trail
over grown
4 months ago

I don’t recommend this trail. The off trail portion near the waterfall is hazardous at best and if you follow the old road there is no way out that direction and a portion is washed out with the rest to follow it appears. You cannot cross middle prong, don’t even try.

hiking
blowdown
flooded
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

Will do this again.

hiking
blowdown
icy
muddy
rocky
5 months ago

Awesome trail. The unofficial trail portion was difficult to follow at times. We got off track twice but the downloaded All Trails maps were perfect. I would recommend doing this loop by going to the left at the start and not the right. Hiking sticks and good boots are essential.

backpacking
bridge out
muddy
off trail
over grown
6 months ago

Pretty decent. The off trail section was mostly nice with a few semi sketchy crossings. I liked the peace and quiet of this trail.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

nice trail second half of loop rough

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