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Best trails in Cosby

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Looking for a great trail near Cosby, Tennessee? AllTrails has 22 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pinnacle Park or Rich-Laurel Wildlife Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 15 hard trails in Cosby ranging from 5.1 to 35.2 miles and from 1,627 to 6,601 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Cosby
Top trails (22)
#1 - Mount Cammerer via Low Gap Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 6 h 56 m
This route to Mt. Cammerer's summit begins from the Low Gap Trailhead in the Cosby Campground and it the most commonly hiked route to the top, perhaps because it is the shortest in length. In addition to being the shortest route to the summit, this hike is quite steep. You will begin your hike on the Low Gap Trail. This portion of the journey has a lot of elevation gain as you make your way up the Cosby Creek valley. When you reach the junction with the Appalachian Trail, turn left and enjoy a less steep potion of the ascent with views of Cosby Valley, Snake Den Ridge and Inadu Knob before reaching the turn off for the half mile spur trail to Mount Cammerer. Hike carefully along this rocky spur trail as you make your way to the fire tower, which provides 360 degree views of the Pigeon River Gorge, Snowbird Mountain, Mount Sterling, the Big Creek area, and the Smoky Mountains.Show more
#2 - Gabes Mountain Trail to Hen Wallow Falls
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
As of May 9th, 2020 the Cosby Smoky Mountains entrance is closed but the trail can still be accessed. The trip to Hen Wallow Falls is a pleasant walk through hemlock and rhododendron forest. A signed side trail leads to the base of the falls by way of steep switchbacks. Hen Wallow Creek, only two feet wide at the top of the falls, fans out to 20 feet at the base. The waterfall is 90 feet high.Show more
#3 - Maddron Bald Trail to Albright Grove Loop
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
#4 - Mount Sterling via Mount Sterling Gap
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 22 m
As of Feb 24, 2020, users have reported that there are temporary closures in this area. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#5 - Chestnut Branch Trail to Mount Cammerer
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 6 h 33 m
This is a great year round hike that offers so much for each season. The hike is straight up from Chestnut Branch Trail from the ranger's station. Follow this for 2 miles until you intersect with the AT. Go south (left) on the AT for about 3.3 miles. There are some great resting spots with views along the way. You will reach the MT Cammerer Trail (not Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail) take this trail of .6 miles to reach the tower; there are a few rocky places to navigate. You are allowed to go inside and look around this tower that was completed in 1939 to provide a watchful eye over the mountains. There are many great views in the Smokies but this provides some of the best in the park.Show more
#6 - Sutton Ridge Overlook Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 25 m
Starts at the West side of the campground loop road. Or follow Low Gap Trail around to it. Show more
#7 - Lower Mount Cammerer Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 14.5 mi • Est. 7 h 7 m
Views from Sutton Ridge and many peaceful stream crossings This trail offers many options, you can take the longest route to Mt Cammerer intersecting with the AT and then down Low Gap for a 15+ hike, or just to the campsite and out, or out to the AT and return the same way. Trail begins in the Low Gap area and then quickly rises into a beautiful hemlock forest. At 1.4mi there is a spur trail on Sutton Ridge that offers views of the Cosby Valley. At 3.3mi you will see the campsite A, B, C are lower campsites protected by a hill and D and E are up the hill including a hitching post for horses. Past the campsite the trail becomes steeper and rocky with many easy stream crossings 4.2 miles later you intersect with the Appalachian Trail. From here return to the trailhead via the same route.Show more
#8 - Cosby Self-Guided Nature Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 33 m
#9 - Gabes Mountain Trail to Greenbrier Creek
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
Refreshing waterfall adds to this great backpack The trail starts out crossing some foot bridges and climbing the ridge. At 2.2 miles you will come to a side trail that leads to Hen Wallow Falls. This a great rest stop as it was a popular Sunday destination of early park visitors . Return to the top of the trail to continue on as you will have a few stream crossings before you ascend Snake Den Mtn. There are many varieties of trees in this old growth forest as well as bountiful colors of trillium. You will have one tricky stream crossing that requires some careful rock hopping. Once to the other side you are in the Sugar Cove area where campsite 34 is located. This is a spacious campsite and has 15 tent sites. It is very popular so arrive early to ensure your spot of choice.Show more
#10 - Mount Cammerer Loop - Low Gap and Lower Cammerer
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Length: 16.2 mi • Est. 8 h 51 m
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