This was a pleasant trail mostly because we barely saw any other people. We arrived at 8am and only saw people on the decent. Beware - there are only a couple of parking spots, so get there early. This is a consistent climb up until half way around the loop, and then a consistent decent. Not much in terms of views, but a really pretty water crossing & bridge near the top. Lots of greenery.

Enjoyed this beautiful hike over Memorial Day weekend. Very few people on the trail, and removed from the rest of GSM National Park. Caught some rain on the journey which made everything even more enchanting! Well-shaded throughout the extent of the trail. Mild grade. Completed this in about 3.5 hours at a mild-moderate pace (with lots of pictures along the way).

Finished the trail today May 19th, 2020. the Cosby campground is still closed, so we had to park in the small parking spot by the park entrance sign. This added about a couple miles each way making the trail about 8 miles total. the fallen tree is still on the first bridge crossing the stream, but we were able to walk over it, even though the bridge wasn't the best. The trail was nice. It wasn't too difficult and the waterfall was beautiful. I think it was worth it.

Newer to hiking and definitely the toughest thus far. Trail had a pretty gradual incline from the start as you gain near 2,000 feet of elevation at the top of the trail. Hiked with our kids so it took much longer than anticipated but without any holdup this trail can be completed in a manageable amount of time. Trail is pretty smooth most of the way up with a few rocky patches here and there. It does get a little tougher once you cross over the creek with mud and some downed trees as you continue up to the Albright Grove Loop. Several cool things for adults and kids to see along the way up including waterfalls, an old cabin, and a massive tree on the loop. Would definitely recommend this trail to anyone looking for a decent challenge. Looking to go back in the future and hit the Old Settlers trail which branches off of Maddron’s Bald.

bridge out
10 days ago

On May 9th the Cosby Smoky Mountains entrance was closed. We drove down and parked as close to the gate as we could and walked about 1.5 miles on the road toward the Campground to Gabe’s Mountain Trailhead. Hiked about .5 miles to find a large tree branch down over a bridge needed to cross a stream. There was no way around it so we turned around. The National Park was deserted, but it was neat to explore the Scenic Trail and other parts of the park too.

very nice my very first hike. was wash out in some spots

This trail is closed at the time of this review May-10-20.

Great trail, some small foot bridges to cross and the Ed fall was breath taking. Very good trail and visibly marked

I started this hike at the Maddron Bald trail to campground 34. I stopped at this point as it was difficult to cross the stream to get to Gabe Mt trail. The trail was maintained and the portion closer to the campground was old forest. Periodically the wind would swirl around and the trees sway. This route seems to be used by people whom bring their dogs but miss watching them to pick up their droppings, so watch your step. This route recorded 2.9 miles one way and was an enjoyable, quiet hike.

Trail is a continual ascent to the top. The first 1.2 miles seems to be an old logging road, so easy to navigate. The rest of the trail is in good condition. Just before the trail loop there is a lovely stream with a great bridge to cross. The loop is just a bit under a mile. I ate lunch on the bridge but there’s also a large log in the middle of the loop which would be a sunny spot for a bite. I saw a wild boar on the trail’s loop side just before the intersection with two other trails.

Such a great trail. We had quite a bit of snow getting up there and spend a night at Cosby Knob shelter the day before. Highly recommend it.

Just as Social Distancing was starting, my husband and I found a nice out of the crowds trail. When we got there, we took the last spot (about 5 max cars) but you could go down the dead end road just a bit and park on left to add a few spaces. Nice wide trail that ended early for us as I lost my SOLES in my 20+ year old pair of boots I wore. We were able to have lunch at the small but pleasant waterfall. Hopefully, the CoronaVirus will flatten so we can complete our 20 Waterfalls in 2020 Tour. Loved the old growth trees, wide trail, stone fences here and there, and creeks sounds most of the way.

A really nice hike on the quiet side of the Smokies! I did this one on March 19th with my mother and friend, and we greatly enjoyed it! The trail is well marked and well traveled, and there are very few obstacles to cross while going that way. You'll cross a few streams, and of course the waterfall is beautiful! Definitely a really great hike and a bit of a hidden gem! I'd recommend it to all!

Good hike to campsite campsite 34. Trail muddy after rain, foggy all day. Trailhead says 4.8 to the campsite. AllTrails had us at 5.5 when we got there. Creek crossing at campsite 34 to get to site ankle deep.

perfect for a short refreshing hike. did it with small kids and they loved it. perfect scenery and difficulty level for an hour stroll even with small kids. loved the creek crossings.

Great trail with a great waterfall near the end of the trail.

Pretty muddy, but a relatively easy trail to a beautiful waterfall.

2 months ago

Great to get back into the mountains again. Fun section of trail with only one real climb on the way up snake den ridge trail to the AT. After that it's quite moderate. Loved seeing the AT thru-hikers out there. -Snowman 2010

Great trail. Very up hill but a quick hike to a cute waterfall

2 months ago

The trail was a lot of fun. We did the hike around mid February and we hit some heavy snow. Still a great experience. Would definitely do it again.

Beautiful trail! I went all the way to the AT and came back. It must cross over at least a dozen streams, so make sure you were waterproof boots or you will get wet. This shouldn't be rated hard though, moderate at best.

Nice hike through the woods. We went after rain and snow and the trail was still fairly dry. The waterfall is nice, as are the creek crossings. We really enjoyed the part of the trail that was cut into the mountainside: fairly flat and nice views.

Trail was great, hiked to the falls in the snow and a lot of melt and slush on the way back. Falls are beautiful! Took us about 3 hours that included an extended break at the falls. No bathrooms available during the winter!

I decided to hike this trail, rather than climbing to the tower given time constraints and the ice and snow slowing down my pace. This is an easy to moderate trail with nice creek and wooded views. The overlook itself has trees obstructing most of the Mountain View’s but still offers a few good view points. Good trail when you’re low on time and energy

Update as of 2/22/19 the trail is closed for some reason, beautiful trip up though

3 months ago

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