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Highly recommend this trail! The view at the top is spectacular and well worth every step of the climb up. The climb itself isn’t difficult per se, but the steady incline can be a bit of a challenge for some. It took about 5 hours round trip. Definitely would do again.

3 days ago

Awesome trail. Really challenging for me personally because I’m really out of shape. But the fire tire at the top is beautiful and a little terrifying. Will be back for sure

Such a great hike. Even in the winter before the trees grow their leaves back, there is so much green. There is also a beautiful stream and great views along the way. The peak is as stunning as advertised.

Overall relatively strenuous but I did it in just under 5 hours with a lunch break. Totally worth it!

I was confused looking for the Madron Bald at the top but it was the most beautiful hike of all hikes I have done in NC and TN so far.

This a rewarding hike. This was my first hike in 2 months and I did not find it overly difficult. Though it’s early in the year there is still color and beauty to be found by the streams and even In the mountains. The elevation gain is pretty gradual and easily hiked. Once on the AT the trail rides the ridge line. The recent rains made for amazing views of the streams at the beginning of the low gap trail. The 360 views at the tower are great even with the leaves off which makes for greater visibility along the trail. If you climb down and Around the fire tower you can get additional views and perspective of the fire tower. There was plenty of bobcat sign along the trail, but unfortunately I didn’t run across one. The warm weather has the bears up and moving, and providing sign but I did not spot any. It took me almost 7 hours round trip but that was with me taking my time to explore and take pictures and eat a long lunch. This hike can easily be completed in 5 or less hours round trip.

Cammerer has a high quality lookout at the summit with a 360 view of the surrounding smokies. The parking lot at the trailhead is spacious and easily accessible. We went in mid-November after a good snow and really enjoyed seeing the stunning ice formations covering the trees near the peak. The 11 miles will take a good part of your day, but the view is well worth the elevation.

30 days ago

Great view at the fire tower on the top!

This is a great day hike. I did it the day after Christmas last year with snow still on the ridge top all the way to the fire tower. I have done this trail many times in the spring and summer but this was my first trip up in winter and the views from the upper ridge are opened up with the leaves off , the 360 views from the top are beautiful.

It was very serene and a great moderate steady uphill climb for the half. The loop, trees, and creek were so nice!! You could hear the creek the whole hike. We were the only 2 on the trail. I wooikf highly recommend for all abilities.

Expect up hill the entire way. The trail was well cut in but the day I hiked was during a warm spell after a previous snow. The views are well worth the struggle to the top. Absolutely beautiful place!!! You should be in decent shape or plan for a lot of stops.

Beautiful and ruggedly fun. Tiny creeks to cross, a couple of tiny bridges 9 inches wide with one side rail, and a cascading waterfall at the end.

bridge out
1 month ago

This trail was beautiful. Some spots were icy and snowy which made them slick. The trail down to the falls was steep, amd trekking poles helped. I would do it again!

2 months ago

Really nice trail ! One creek to go through without any bridge but River was not that high! About 5-6 areas w trees down. Snow all the way up! Finally got to see the sunshine and blue sky ! Too bad there is not any look up up there. It s actually 3495 feet elevation not 4172.

Hard but worth every step‼️Absolutely beautiful❤️

Great hike with a scenic reward!!!

Beautiful trail! Loved that it was very secluded, we only saw a handful of people as we were walking back to our truck. It’s completely uphill the entire way with rocks and plenty of mud so make sure to wear good hiking boots! The loop trail is much smaller with more mud and several downed trees to cross over, including one very large tree that requires some maneuvering to cross. All in all a beautiful trail and a great workout for the day!

I hiked this in the Summer of 2017, and not many people were on the trail. It was calm getting up there, but the waterfall was amazing and definitely worth the trip.

Mild hike with a loop through grove with unique trees. A portion of the hike is underwhelming but has sounds of water, fascinating history and worth it for the river and grove loop.

Pretty muddy hike today! There are a few trees down here and there, and the water is high in places from all the rain we’ve had, but overall still a great time!

Absolutely breathtaking! My opinion, the most rewarding view in the Smokies. Low Gap Trail earns the hard rating but once to the AT the steep grade levels out somewhat. Like others have mentioned it took me 3.5 hours up and 2 down.

Hiked December 23rd. Nice.

One of my fav trails in the smokies. Goes from hardwood forest to spruce fir in less than 1.5 hours of hiking

Moderately steep first part and horizontal-ridge second part to the lookout at Mt. Cammerer - and the same way back. Not a hard terain, but it is long - it took us altogether 6 hours. Views are mostly just on the top. We did this trail on a sunny december day and it was fine, some parts were a little muddy due to rainy previous days. I am guessing that the best time to go to this area in general must be June or July when all those azaleas are in blossom.

Beautiful in the snow, would highly recommend! Take lots of warm clothes as it gets cold at the top. Took around 6 hours with breaks up and down for reasonably fit people.

Great trail takes about 6 hours with limited stops

Great trail old plane crash site near top

Good for kids

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