Did this as part of the Gulf/Rim Loop for Collins. Horsepound was a worthwhile detour on a very short spur from the main trail. Decent swimming area at the bottom and some cool lounge space at the top of the falls. Just remember, what goes down must come back up. Be prepared for a climb one way or the other on your way out.

hiking
13 hours ago

Great trail with a little bit of everything. I didn't find this trail difficult at all. Trail was well marked. The falls are beautiful! The rock bluffs are awesome as well. Good trail for hiking with a dog. Really nice hike!

hiking
13 hours ago

Potential to be a 5. The State is working to make this State Park Trail more conducive to hikers and runners by restricting motorcycles and ATVs at the Entrances on Hixson Springs Road. Please support them by getting out on this trail. The more it is used by Hikers and Runners the more it supports the State in maintaining this and other areas. Besides the Escarpment view and miles of old logging roads there are miles of other offshoot trails following the creeks in the park. Have fun and help protect the few large tracts of public land reserved for hikers and runners in Southeast Tennessee.

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over grown
14 hours ago

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rocky
18 hours ago

great hike, not for beginners though. view was beautiful. very very steep hills.

Hiked this trail backwards, from 19E to Carver's Gap, and I do not recommend that unless you are very confident in your fitness level as the vast majority of it is increasing in elevation. There were three stops available for water, one at the top of Yellow Mountain, one as you come around Little Hump Mountain, and one at Doll's Flats. Stunning views!

This is a great place to take the family. If you show up early and around sunset you will see plenty of wildlife. Also keep in mind, this is not an actual hike most of this is a car ride that goes around a 10 mile loop with several stops of historic cabins and churches and some cool stops of great views. This has a very “prairie in the mountains” feel. It is a lot of fun. Also expect traffic, bumper to bumper for most of the ride. This will probably take you about half to even a little more than half the day depending on how much stopping you do. Regardless, if you are out with the family and are interested in learning about some history in regards to some of the first settlers lived like I think you will enjoy this!

Great hike. Beautiful waterfall at the end. 32 water crossings round trip. Wear sturdy water shoes with a toe box so you don't worry about getting your feet wet crossing the creek. Really an outstanding waterfall.

The first 2.5 miles are grueling uphill (for an out of shape 24 year old). Flattens our, views from around the tower are incredible and worth all of the pain.

The trail is not 12.3 miles. There is another listing called “Icewater Springs via AT” which also ends at the Icewater Springs shelter and that distance is listed as 6.2 miles out and back. I started at newfound gap overlook and went to the shelter. The entire trip with snack breaks took me 4 hours just about and my phone recorded over 6 miles but certainly not 12.3. All trails has the listings messed up between these two trail listings but I’ve sent in an edit suggestion. The trail was still pretty barren and I went during the middle of May. Views are decent but I’ve read they are better if you get on the Blvd trail jump off and go under a mile to the “drop off” but unfortunately I didn’t see that tid but until weeks later.

Starting from Little Bald Mountain (more commonly known as Viking Mountain), I did the hike from Jones Meadow to Jerry Cabin Shelter with a short side hike to Blackstack Cliffs. The road up to Viking Mtn is fairly well-maintained by the forestry service and there is plenty of parking at the top. I parked right next to the start of the trail, which looks like a road and is marked with a BLUE blaze. I DO NOT recommend driving down this road. The trail starts about 0.2 mi down the road and it is NOT in good condition for even 4wd. About 0.3 miles from the parking lot, the trailhead for Blackstack Cliffs is on the left. The sign is VERY HIGH so don't miss it (I posted a pic showing sign). It is a short ways out (maybe 0.2 mi) and there is a rock climb before you get to the edge. I actually took my pack off and left it when I climbed out. The views are magnificent of Greeneville, Tenn from here. Going back to the original trail, turn left (or skip Blackstack and continue straight) to find the AT which is heavily marked with WHITE BLAZES. You will see a side trail to Jerry Miller Trail to NC, but you will continue slightly left on the AT. You will then reach a point where you have to make a decision to get across Big Firescald Knob -- go right to the Exposed Ridgeline or left to the Bad Weather Trail. Both are 1.4 miles and rejoin the AT after Big Firescald. I went right on my way out and I'm glad I did. The Exposed Ridgeline is very rocky and slow-going, but the views are outstanding. I would rate it moderately difficult because of the rock climbing. The rhododendron are getting ready to bloom and it looks gorgeous with the mountain backdrop. Howard's Rock is the peak of Big Firescald, although there are several great lookout points of Greeneville, Tenn on one side and Pisgah, NC on the other. I will get to the Bad Weather Trail in a moment. After Big Firescald, the trail is rolling and pleasant, although badly overgrown in areas. This is why I knocked this trail down a star. It could be because of Covid the trail maintenance hasn't happened this year or lack of hikers to stamped it down. There is no point where you lose the trail, but expect waist high grasses and weeds. About 4.0 miles later, I hit Jerry Cabin Shelter. It is a delightful little AT shelter with a privy and fresh water source coming out of pipe in the mountain. I did not filter my water like usual here, so drink at your own risk. I set up my hammock and made a campfire to cook my lunch. There are no views, but there is an abundance of songbirds. I did not see a single person during my hour of hanging out here. My original plan was to continue 1.5 miles onto Big Butt Lookout, but my legs were really fatigued (maybe from rock climbing). I'm not in as good of shape as I usually am, and I'm glad I did NOT do the additional 3.0 miles this would have added. I head back south on the trail to return to Viking Mtn. I chose the Bad Weather Trail for my trip back across Big Firescald. This trail is also overgrown, very narrow in spots, hilly, and slow-going. There are no views along this trail. My legs were pretty tired at this point and it felt like I was never going to get back to the AT rejoining spot. My total mileage worked out to about 8 miles when I returned to the parking lot. I felt like this was a great challenge and doing the AT in Greene County has been a goal of mine. Again, the next two weeks will be gorgeous with the rhododendron blooming. Try to go on a cloudless day with low humidity for the best views. I only saw five people total all day, so this is not a popular section of the trail right now. Great time to go!

Laurel Falls was my first waterfall trail and I have been hooked ever since!!!!

Up and down hike, views so worth it.

hiking
2 days ago

Very nice and easy trail. I think it's longer than 2.4 miles if you do the entire loop. My step counter said about 4 miles.

I really enjoyed this trail. The beauty was awesome as you follow the river. I did not do the steps to the falls because my vertigo was acting up and they are a bit steep. But my husband did and the pics he bought back of the waterfall are just beautiful. Hopefully next time I get to see them too.

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bridge out
rocky
3 days ago

Absolutely beautiful, but extremely tough hike. As other people have said, the bridge is out but it’s not really an issue. About 50 feet downstream there’s an easy log crossing. The fiery gizzard portion of the trail is gorgeous, tough, hiking, mostly over boulder fields...like 90% of the time. Always be careful with your footing because there are some spots you could easily slip and fall down into the gorge (as it varies in elevation.) also, pay close attention the white blazes. It’s very easy to lose the trail. I had to trace my steps back a couple times to find it. Exiting the gorge going up to raven point is EXTREMELY arduous. I had to stop a couple times to take breaks, but the view is absolutely worth it. I’m afraid of heights and found myself shaking at times when I would get close to the edge to take a photo lol, so be careful. I took dog hole trail back which is going to seem easy considering the route taken up via fiery gizzard. There are beautiful groves of mountain laurel growing and other types of flowers. That reminds me, I forgot to mention there are a couple caves off trail down in the gorge I would love to go back and explore with the proper equipment. All in all, took me about 6 hours to get back to the Grundy forest trailhead. Again, I can’t fully describe the beauty of the flora and fauna along this trail. Would recommend and will do again. Just make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks.

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blowdown
over grown
3 days ago

I so much wanted to give this trail 5 stars, but the over growth was thick. Often times you can’t see your feet for long stretches. I didn’t bring my gators or long pants and I paid for it. We hiked counter-clock-wise on the loop. The campsites are nice, good views, evening breezes. By mid-June water may become scarce as some of the mapped sources were drying up. Once you make the turn at the top, you’ll need a good 4-6 hours to make camp at another decent site. That stretch of the hike is some of the most dense brush I’ve hiked through. You’ll find plenty of downed trees to navigate through as well. Again this could be a great hike, if more care was given to the trails.

This is such an awesome hike. Good elevation gain. Beautiful and so peaceful. Not many people. Lots of downed trees this spring but that makes for more adventure!! Absolutely love this hike and would definitely recommend.

It was a nice trip as always. We always get there early and drive to loop and look at the historic sites first. Once we make it through the loop, we stop by the gift shop to get some food. After that, we go through the loop again.

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bridge out
muddy
rocky
3 days ago

Great hike. Took two days as I have one prosthetic knee and torn meniscus on the other. Crossing the river due to the missing bridge is not an issue. It seemed as if 4 miles are spent walking on large rocks-boulders. My hike partner lost his footing on a muddy section and fell 15 feet to the river. One section was a killer as it’s very steep, hike this trail only if you enjoy a challenge. Water is always nearby but bring a filter. Well worth the work as every turn leads you to a beautiful view.

As of 6/1/20, entrance to trailhead and campsite is closed by car. Must hike an extra 1.5 miles from the main road (Fighting Creek Gap Road) to get to the trailhead

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