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hiking
5 hours ago

its cool that the shed is at the end... and having the 1mile and 2 mile mark set up if you dont want to do the whole thing is nice... really marked trail

Nice little spot to do some biking around the park or town & city.

It’s a legit place to get some exercise/workout done!!

I wish there was easy river access, but the caves are amazing. There are a few where a head lamp would be helpful. On the way in there are a series of small waterfalls that are nice to cool off in, but the river is down a steep embankment.

We love this trail. We take our two dogs and two kids and spend all day there. So much to see. We hang our hammocks up stream where the water is gentle then play in the pool at the base of the amazing waterfall. We always bring friends who are visiting from out of town. Plus there are a few options (wildflower, busby, adams) if you want to mix it up a bit.

scenic driving
13 hours ago

Absolutely gorgeous!   This is probably my favorite part of the National Park.  Just a beautiful drive with plenty of stop offs.  Great valleys and mountain ranges in the background.  It does not open till 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays so plan accordingly.  Also it is kind of way off in a separate area of the park so if you are thinking of stopping at the various historic buildings along the way and maybe adding in the hike to Abrams Falls plan this to be the only thing you do that day.  Plus the drive out there is just nice with some places to pull over and look at the view of the river.  Finally, we went in early May and there was a lot of traffic, as it gets closer to the summer expect significant traffic and delays.

walking
14 hours ago

small little place good for a jog if you live in the neighborhood

walking
14 hours ago

not much to see except for down the river looking at the pyramid and bridge

hiking
14 hours ago

the hike around the place isn't all that great but the lake with the fountain makes up for it

Very fun to walk with the entire family. My kids are 8, 6, and 3. Great views. The waterfall was super cool!

hiking
15 hours ago

Nice trial with a bit of an incline; runs alongside a pretty creek. The image on AllTrails of the small waterfall that appears as the image for this trail isn’t actually on this hike. It appears to be across the road from the trail head, marked as private property-no trespassing.

hiking
21 hours ago

This was a very nice and easy trail. It is a beautiful area and the falls are really nice. This is a very popular trail for many and the only advise I would recommend is to go early and you may the place all to yourself. Parking is also a problem with only a number of parking spots at the trailhead. More parking is allowed along the road, but it adds to your walking and hiking distance.

I loved everything about this trail, as soon as I got there I could hear the water flowing. The whole trail was beautiful & there was a view of the water every step of the way. There is a part where it gets kinda rocky but it’s not too bad. I’m definitely going back and walking the longer trail before summer is over!

Beautiful hike on a true nature trail complete with all the natural rocks and roots. Falls at the end was beautiful. Highly recommend.

Very short, but a difficult hike. Definitely not a trail for anyone that has problems with very steep hillsides. Wear good shoes and enjoy the beauty!

we saw 2 bears

The trail is marked by the white blazes and I had no difficulty following them. The trail also seems to be well maintained. I did venture off trail a couple of times just to explore or to see if there was a view. Overall great hike with some rewarding views!

I thought it was beautiful, will definitely return

fun, easy trek. pick your pace, enjoy the view :)

The trail is actually 15.9 miles. Hiked it with scout troop and met up with several horse riders along the trail. Several areas were quite rugged and muddy.

Ganier is a great shaded hike. Very rocky trail in some parts. Good workout if you are able to walk quickly up the ridge. Saw deer and turkeys today.

Took the trail from the newfound gap parking lot. There’s a lot of uphill hiking at first (nice to get out of the way though because it’s all downhill for the way back). Charlie’s bunion is not listed on the first wooden sign at the 1.7 mi split. However, just keep following the Appalachian trail and you’ll eventually see signs for it. The view was incredible and worth every step. The trail is well maintained and just absolutely beautiful. If you have the time- definitely do this trail!

hiking
1 day ago

This is a very nice trail. it is wooded and shady. it is not strenuous or hard. I hiked it after some rains however it did not make it muddy.

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

The trail is typical Eastern US woodlands. Nothing special to set it apart from the other dozens of woodland trails in the Smokies. No epic scenic views. The only thing that sets this trail apart are the school and sister's cabins. If you like photographing log cabins and such is is the trail for you. I

if you are looking for scenic views, waterfalls, etc. pick another trail.

Having said that, I'll probably return in the fall to photograph the cabin with the fall foliage.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Very nice trail system for two main reasons:
1 - It dries out very quickly after a rain and is even ridable during rain without worrying about causing trail damage (e.g., ruts, washouts, etc.).
2 - It isn't highly technical, so it is a great place to take someone who is new to mountain biking, though some basic stamina is needed.

Great short walk. Funny name considering this is actually an old quarry. Nonetheless great views of the lake and the Harpeth.

hiking
2 days ago

great trail for the little ones ... my 7 and 8 year old had no troubles

Terrific hike! This was my fav hike I have ever done. We climbed about 3,600 ft in elevation in rainy weather. We started at the trailhead about 7am and we seemed to be the early birds. We did run into about 12 people coming down from staying overnight at the lodge as we got closer to the top.. We ran into 20+ people on our way down as they hiked up. The majority were probably stopping at the Alum Cave and turning back. I recommend hiking sticks for the way up and down. They really saved my knees. Also the trail follows the edge of rock ridges that are very slippery when wet. Thankfully they have cables you can hold while walking along most parts like that. The first point of interest on the trail is the Arch Rock. It is a arch in a rock and you walk up a winding staircase through it. I want to say it was the half way point to the Alum Cave. The Alum Cave was not what I was expecting. Here in New York, we have ice caves you literally walk into. Not this one. This consists of 80-100 foot cliff/bluffs that tower and bend overhead.. and there is a big area of very dry sand that is mostly shielded from the rain when it storms. It was impressive. We hiked all the way to the Mt Leconte Lodge. but we did not venture further to the Cliff Tops because we knew there wouldn't be any view thanks to the fog. We also almost hiked alil further to the rock pile but I recently saw a pic from other hikers of it and it seemed to be demolished :-( We got to the top about 1115am.. They do not serve any food or drinks until 12 noon so we were not able to partake in that. The ladies who worked at the lodge, did welcomed us to sit in the dining room and snack on the protein bars we had brought with us. I definitely recommend wearing waterproof clothing. I was soaked when I got to the top from rain and sweat but did not realize it until I stopped sat down and it didn't help that up top it is like 30 degrees below the temp at the bottom. It was a foggy day but we were able to see a good bit. I heard that in the smoky mountains there are 2 bears for every 1 square mile, so I brought bear spray. Luckily we did not see any, maybe the rain kept them away I am not sure. There is an outhouse with a toilet up at the top which I was very thankful for as well. The hike took us 7-8 hours. The lodge has log cabins that bring you back in time. The fog rolling through also helps to create a unique atmosphere.

super steep, lots of stairs, but well worth it at the top. Beautiful streams along the way near bottom.

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