DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,463 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

backpacking
4 days ago

We didn’t actually do the full loop because we were just backpacking in to camp one night by the river. We parked at Elkwallow Wayside and backpacked along the AT for about half a mile, then onto Jeremy’s Run Trail. We saw a bear about a mile into our hike. The path down to the river had a gentle grade then along the river it was very easy. There were several river crossings, and on a few of them we had to work hard to keep from getting our feet wet. We walked along the river for about six miles, then turned around and backtracked to a place we’d passed by earlier that was perfect for setting up our tent. It was a very pleasant night and we were awakened by what sounded like a group of barred owls calling to each other. The next day the hike out was very quick, and we saw a bear along the AT behind Elkwallow. There weren’t very many people on this trail. I think it’d be perfect for a family with young children because you don’t have to go very far before getting to the river.