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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 23, 2020
Hiking

Awesome hike! The first half is a significant and steady climb up the fire road, eventually leveling off to a traditional single track running beside the ridge. The last aspect is a scramble over rock face. Highly recommend!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 16, 2020
Walking

Extremely fun trail, especially the ridgeline.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 15, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 31, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 8, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 3, 2020
Hiking

Most certainly challenging, but I can’t express how worth it this trail was! Visiting Howard’s Rock was phenomenal and the 360 view of the mountains surrounding us? Amazing! We decided to come while Fall is just beginning and it wasn’t a disappointment. The trail itself is very well maintained. I would say at the first clearing, about 2-3 miles before Howard’s Rock is the most difficult with climbing. I would like to say the first half of the trail should be considered moderate and the second half as difficult, BUT it is absolutely doable AND so enjoyable. Definitely a great workout.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 3, 2020
HikingGreat!

Hiked the loop from Jones Meadows, Bad Weather Trail, and back on the Exposed Ridgeline Trail on the AT. Fall colors have started but need another week or two to peak.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 7, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 1, 2020
HikingOver grown

Trail not bad until the big climb starts. Very narrow with steep drop-offs in places. Would not take children too far on this. Trail disappears after second bridge. This was one of the harder hikes I have done due to having to be extremely careful along sections of the trail. I would rate first half moderate and second half difficult.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 25, 2020
HikingOver grown
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 23, 2020
Hiking
First to Review

Paint Creek Trail is a fantastic out and back hike from the Paint Creek campground loop in the back of the campground. it has been cleared, as of 6/18/20 to the Forest Service bridge and is a reasonable grade but not for novice hikers. Follow our trail maintenance by joining the open Facebook group Trail Maintainers. if you find blocked trails or maintenance issues on any of the trails in East Tennessee you can report them to us on the Maintainers page.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 13, 2020
Hiking

This is a great hike, with fantastic payoff for the steep ascent start. It bears mentioning that the trailhead has a nice picnic pavilion and privy. The ridge top section of Appalachian Trail is rugged and the views around Howard’s Rock are excellent. It is harder than most “moderate” 7 mile out and backs.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 12, 2020
Backpacking

As noted in other reviews, the hike starts on a fire road, so the grade is steeper than you might find on a normal trail. The road is also mainly dirt and small rocks, and the climb on the road accounts for about 3/4 of the vertical climb of the hike. Once on the AT, the trail levels out, and eventually splits between the Exposed Ridgeline trail and the Bad Weather trail. The ridgeline is rocky and technical, although is not too challenging. Progress is slow along the ridgeline, but the view is well worth it, and is almost 360 degrees. Overall, it's a great but slightly challenging day hike, although we turned it into an overnight hike. We went about 3/4 of a mile past Big Firescald Knob to the intersection with the Jerry Miller Trail, and then went another 1/2 mile down to Baxter campsite. This seemed to be the nearest campsite without heading down the trail, as there's no clearings on the ridgeline. As a note, the last 2-3 miles of the road to the parking lot is dirt/gravel with some loose rocks, so try to take an SUV or truck if possible. We saw some cars in the parking lot, but I'd definitely feel better is a bigger vehicle.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 3, 2020
HikingOver grownRocky

Starting from Little Bald Mountain (more commonly known as Viking Mountain), I did the hike from Jones Meadow to Jerry Cabin Shelter with a short side hike to Blackstack Cliffs. The road up to Viking Mtn is fairly well-maintained by the forestry service and there is plenty of parking at the top. I parked right next to the start of the trail, which looks like a road and is marked with a BLUE blaze. I DO NOT recommend driving down this road. The trail starts about 0.2 mi down the road and it is NOT in good condition for even 4wd. About 0.3 miles from the parking lot, the trailhead for Blackstack Cliffs is on the left. The sign is VERY HIGH so don't miss it (I posted a pic showing sign). It is a short ways out (maybe 0.2 mi) and there is a rock climb before you get to the edge. I actually took my pack off and left it when I climbed out. The views are magnificent of Greeneville, Tenn from here. Going back to the original trail, turn left (or skip Blackstack and continue straight) to find the AT which is heavily marked with WHITE BLAZES. You will see a side trail to Jerry Miller Trail to NC, but you will continue slightly left on the AT. You will then reach a point where you have to make a decision to get across Big Firescald Knob -- go right to the Exposed Ridgeline or left to the Bad Weather Trail. Both are 1.4 miles and rejoin the AT after Big Firescald. I went right on my way out and I'm glad I did. The Exposed Ridgeline is very rocky and slow-going, but the views are outstanding. I would rate it moderately difficult because of the rock climbing. The rhododendron are getting ready to bloom and it looks gorgeous with the mountain backdrop. Howard's Rock is the peak of Big Firescald, although there are several great lookout points of Greeneville, Tenn on one side and Pisgah, NC on the other. I will get to the Bad Weather Trail in a moment. After Big Firescald, the trail is rolling and pleasant, although badly overgrown in areas. This is why I knocked this trail down a star. It could be because of Covid the trail maintenance hasn't happened this year or lack of hikers to stamped it down. There is no point where you lose the trail, but expect waist high grasses and weeds. About 4.0 miles later, I hit Jerry Cabin Shelter. It is a delightful little AT shelter with a privy and fresh water source coming out of pipe in the mountain. I did not filter my water like usual here, so drink at your own risk. I set up my hammock and made a campfire to cook my lunch. There are no views, but there is an abundance of songbirds. I did not see a single person during my hour of hanging out here. My original plan was to continue 1.5 miles onto Big Butt Lookout, but my legs were really fatigued (maybe from rock climbing). I'm not in as good of shape as I usually am, and I'm glad I did NOT do the additional 3.0 miles this would have added. I head back south on the trail to return to Viking Mtn. I chose the Bad Weather Trail for my trip back across Big Firescald. This trail is also overgrown, very narrow in spots, hilly, and slow-going. There are no views along this trail. My legs were pretty tired at this point and it felt like I was never going to get back to the AT rejoining spot. My total mileage worked out to about 8 miles when I returned to the parking lot. I felt like this was a great challenge and doing the AT in Greene County has been a goal of mine. Again, the next two weeks will be gorgeous with the rhododendron blooming. Try to go on a cloudless day with low humidity for the best views. I only saw five people total all day, so this is not a popular section of the trail right now. Great time to go!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 31, 2020
Hiking

Section hike from Devil Fork Gap to Allen Gap.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 30, 2020
Hiking
First to Review

The map is correct, but the trail entrance is a little hard to find. It's DIRECTLY across the street from the Houston Valley Campground--which has a bathroom that was closed when we visited during Coronavirus. Note: There is parking at both ends of this out-and-back trail. The view from the fire lookout is amazing! (No bathroom at Fire Lookout). The trail was a little confusing (our fault), so to be clear: 1. Park at the Campground 2. Take Gum Springs Trail #5 for about 0.5 miles 3. Do not turn left onto Connector Trail #5A. Keep right and continue 1.3 miles. 4. Turn left onto Meadow Creek Trail #6 (sign directs you to the fire tower) 5. Turn right onto Meadow Creek Road, which is a road and not a trail, walk 0.5 miles 6. Left at the fork (there is no sign) 7. To get back, either retrace your steps or, if you're tired, just take the road back to Highway 107 and turn left. By road, it's about 3.3 smooth miles.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 18, 2020
HikingRocky

On 5-17, I hiked Jones Meadow AT to Jerry’s Cabin shelter, and proceeded on to the Big Butt Bypass (how could I resist) before turning back which added on close to 3 miles. Overall, it took about 5.5 hours to complete. I took the bad weather trail to and the exposed ridge trail back. With tired legs, the exposed ridge trail heading back towards Jones Meadow was brutal, but the views are worth it. Also, don’t miss out on Blackstack Cliffs if you take this hike. It’s only a short distance from the parking area on the initial blue blaze section. Love this hike especially since it’s in my backyard, and I remember my Dad taking my brother and I up to the resort ruins when I was young.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 9, 2020
Hiking

First off, when you get to the parking lot the trail you're looking for is the fire road that is blocked off from cars. There are other trailheads (e.g. Cowbell Hollow) from this parking lot, but this hike isn't labeled. About half of the hike is the fire road, straight up with occasionally switchbacks. Sometimes you get some great views (we hiked this in May), but it's fairly open and has stretches under the sun. At the top of the ridge you're on the AT, and it's an easy hike for most of this section. When you're about 1.5 miles from the end point, the hike turns into a rocky staircase, up and down. This part is pretty with great views on each side.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 3, 2020
Hiking

closed due to covid19

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 26, 2019
HikingMuddyRockyScramble

A lot of up hill. Don’t be discouraged by the start it is 100% worth it

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 27, 2019
Hiking

The trail is rated moderate and this is correct. A great fall hike. We caught the leaves at peak. It gets a little rocky near the end but it is so worth it. I didn't want to leave. Plan to eat your snacks and relax a bit at Howards Rock!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 27, 2019
HikingRocky

Great hike! Best in the fall to see all the colors. The last 1.5-2 miles is rocky but well worth the views. Happy Hiking!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 13, 2019
Hiking

Nice trail with some 360 views and not too many people

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