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Once you know how/ where to cross the trail it's an awesome hike!

The Mount Cammerer trail from Cosby Campground is a very underrated hike. Out of the four hikes we did on our Smoky Mountain trip this was the most strenuous to me, but worth every bit of it and made the top of my list! The hike was a steady uphill the whole way, so more of a test of endurance than having to navigate obstacles. Because of the climb it is a killer on the knees on the way back down so be aware and prepared for some burning!! It is a long hike that requires some climbing over and up large rocks at the end. When we went it was foggy so we didn't get the views but we're still impressed and it is on the top of our list for next time. I have heard the views are second to none!

At the top you can go in the tower to relax, see the views on a clear day and have a snack. We met some really nice people up there and sat and chatted for a good half hour. We were then able to walk back down with our new hiking buddies, such a nice treat to meet fellow hikers and learn about and enjoy other's company. We saw a black bear on the way down, he was eating berries on the trail. As we got closer he went just a bit up the hill and watched for us to go past so he could continue his snack. He was quite a lovely site to see!

If you visit the Smokies and enjoy hiking don't miss this one of a kind hike!

Great for jogging and cycling with family

rock climbing
15 hours ago

Such a beautiful trail in the whole smoky mountain ranges. The happiness you get after hiking all the way and rock climbing in the end is priceless. I loved it! Felt sad after hearing about the wildfire.

My husband and I chose this as our first hike while in the Smokies and it was our favorite! We hiked it to Mt. LeConte and although on that particular day it was freezing and foggy at the top it still was an amazing experience! We were lucky enough to have views on the way up as we didn't run into the rain, fog and cold until about 2/3 of the way up. The hike was strenuous but in an exciting way! It was nice to be able to stop along the way and get different views and see different natural formations. Our Creator was seen in all the beauty of this hike. At the top we were able to get some hot chocolate and a delicious trail bar for some energy for the way back down. We look forward to the day we can return and make this wonderful trek again!

Nice trail. It is longer trail but pretty easy. When you come to the point in the trail where the river is in front of you and you can only go right or left. Go left there will be a sign in a tree that says "no horses beyond this point". The falls are about half a mile down the river. Others have complained about the road up to trail but it's really not that bad. It's a mountain road, not all roads will be paved. We even saw a little Ford Focus do it.

Sorry can't edit after it's posted. Go right on the trail where the sign says No horses beyond this point.

trail running
17 hours ago

23 hours ago

I wouldn't call this trail EASY, steep climb up boulders that are stair-like, but challenging for little people (5yo) It was such a blast tho, he felt like a little adventure braving the wild. the actual Fort look out has beautiful views. Pretty decent. We'd definitely do it again.

23 hours ago

My five year old loved the waterfall!

Not my favorite hike in the smokies, but worth it if you don't want to spend all day hiking. It's quick to the waterfall, but there was not much of a view along the way. Even if there was, it'd would be hard to look since the trail was filled with exposed roots you have to watch out for.

absoultely gorgeous trail. not recommended for beginners but worth every step. highly recommend hiking down through the gorge if you're up for a challenge

This trail has plenty of scenic stops along the way that made it accessible to all levels. This only downside I could think of was the view along the way. I went in early May, and there was too much tree cover to see much of what you were climbing until you got to the top. However, the waterfalls were great spots to hang for a little before continuing on.