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Cosby, Tennessee Map

We did this entire loop in one day with full packs on. We weren’t planning on it, just decided to hoof it out once we made it to campsite 35. Our route was Low Gap > AT > Mt. Cammerer > AT > Lower Mt. Cammerer, starting and ending in Cosby Campground. Low Gap is a climb. I believe about 2200ft in 2.5 miles, if you go that route from Cosby. All in all, we climbed around 2600ft in 5-6 miles from Cosby to the fire tower on Mt. Cammerer. Definitely a workout, but the view is worth it. The fire tower is beautiful, and you can see for miles on a clear day. You’ll be able to see into NC and TN. The rest of the trip down was easy compared to the first leg. The AT descends from Mt. Cammerer heading north. Lower Mount Cammerer is an easy hike heading down and pretty. You can find an old graveyard just off Lower Mt. Cammerer with numerous headstones. None but one has print on it, which is dated to 1912. Good hike and the views are worth it!

This trail was stellar! Slow and steady inclines and switchbacks, a couple of creek crossings and hints of a view around multiple corners. The waterfall itself was a little drier than expected with recent rainfall, but was overall an excellent hike. Hiked on a Thursday morning with very few other hikers seen on trail.

Easy fun hike with family. Had to separate from the last leg do to 80 year old grandma and the river crossing. Fun and will do again!

washed out
11 days ago

not much water at the falls. bit still a really good hike.

Nice walk

Take a detour through the Nature walk trail on your way up from the hikers’ parking lot, as it has more diversity. Nice elevation, follows a gravel road for awhile and at the very peak the view is a little obscured because of trees so I am sure it is better in winter.

No views at the top due to cloud cover, but enjoyed the scenery nonetheless.

Fun hike through forest out and back to waterfall.

I did only an out-and-back hike along the 2.5 mile segment of Low Gap Trail up to the Appalachian Trail. It was boring: except for the short initial segment along a creek, it was steeply uphill all the to the trails’ intersection, and steeply downhill back; no alternating elevation whatsoever to provide at least some interest. I would also rate this hike as hard, not moderate, simply because of the unrelenting 2.5 mile climb. The best part of this trip was the chestnuts I found along the trail that I gathered for roasting.

After completing this loop, my app recorded over 5,000 ft elevation gain, this is a tough loop. Obviously climbing Low Gap is the most strenuous section, and reaching the AT is very rewarding. Mt Cammerer firetower is a very interesting area, very good views, very very crowded! I followed the AT down to the Lower Mt Cammerer trail to loop back to Cosby (stayed overnight at #35). Note that here I kept getting “off trail” notifications from AllTrails, so if you’re recording don’t be alarmed by that. You can check my recording and see how it goes all over and around the designated path. Campsite #35 was very nice. Great overnight trip!

This was definitely a difficult hike. Steady incline first 3 miles. It was cool hiking on AT which did not seem as difficult after the first part of hike. The views at the top are worth it.

stunning views, definitely gives you a work out.

One of my favorite spring hikes.

difficult. very rocky. but well worth the trip. my favorite so far

1 month ago

Did this hike with two 9 yr old boys. Out and back to the falls. A nice hike but not a lot of views. Lots of mushrooms, snakes and had a glimpse of a bear. Hardly any other hikers on the trail. Bathrooms are conveniently located at the parking lot.

Great little trail - took around 2.15hrs up and down, not including time to chill at the top. Firetower is awesome - not being good with heights it was a lil nerve-wracking. Makes for some awesome pics too. Only downside is the drive in 6 miles on a gravely road.

Hiked this in about 4 hours. The views at the top are breathtaking. Worth it!

1 month ago

Had a ton of fun hiking this gem. Pretty busy when we got close ran into about 15 people which I wasn’t expecting. Still lovely workout and amazing view payoff

This trail is pretty tough but the view at the end is amazing. It is 12 miles from the hiking parking lot. The first 3 are hard and then it gets easier. Started at 6:20 AM and finished at 9:40 but I was moving fast. No bears but there are signs of aggressive bears in the region so take precautions.

Great hike. Frogs, salamanders, bears, blueberries, raspberries, chicken of the woods. We went clockwise and stayed at campsite 35. Very cleared out, could fit many people. Bear pully at campsite. Quartz everywhere at the top. Tower is amazing.

This was a great trail with great views. We saw a lot of wildlife and the top of the mountain was a perfect place for a picnic. We ran into a couple other hikers that were coming down as we were going up. Everyone was friendly and encouraging. I highly recommend this trail if you have 5-6 hours to hike.

Fun hike , completed quickly. Ran into a handful of people through out. Like LeConte better. Did in mid November - stayed warm in just a long sleeved shirt , snow in some parts . Very pretty.

Great moderate level trail. Beautiful waterfall at the end.

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