Explore the best river trails in Tennessee with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
21 hours ago

on Ozone Falls

rock climbing
21 hours ago

on Abrams Falls Trail

trail running
21 hours ago

hiking
22 hours ago

Great family hike! We have 2 kids, 10 and 8, and this was the longest hike they've ever done. It's definitely moderate in difficulty due to the hills, rocky/root terrain and length. I mapped the trek and it's closer to 5.5 miles in length.

As the elevation map indicates, you are up and down hills throughout, with the crest being right at 1.25 miles in. There are some cool rocks to climb at that point and offer a nice diversion after the climb.

The end point at the falls is really nice. Lots of places to sit and have a snack. The falls are beautiful and although the water looks inviting there are many signs warning of danger as several people have died there.

Great hike overall, would highly recommend!

Cool view but was not an overall great experience. Very narrow trail and is not clearly marked.

Me and my son just hiked this with his Boy Scout troop this past weekend. We stayed at the regular camp sites Friday night which I have to say are pretty nice. On Saturday we hiked up to shelter two on the river. After dropping some of our gear we then hiked around the north part of the loop over to shelter 1 which at times could be difficult if your not used to hiking. The biggest climb we had was probably 160 - 180 feet up to where shelter 1 was. All in all it was a pretty good trail but I sure wouldn't tackle this during the summer months.

backpacking
1 day ago

If you’re in search of breathtaking views, look elsewhere. If you’re in search of an awesome nature trail/walk in the woods that is moderately strenuous, this is it!

great scenery and fun trail, with options to explore along the way

Great scenery! Easy to moderate difficulty, but worth the views! The stairs to get to the bottom of the waterfall were closed when I went due to structural damage but you can climb to the top of the waterfall and there is a good view from across the river!

Beautiful scenery!! Worth the hike. Wear shoes that you can get wet, there are areas that you have to walk through shallow water to cross the river. Rocks are slippery and you might have to use your hands to help you get across some of the more challenging ones.

Ted lied!

Actually, we went the full 12 miles but it turned into about 14 with the spur hikes. The ridge hikes were easy but the ups and downs were treacherous and torturous. By the time we went up the last elevation my heart ripped open my lungs to find even one liter of air. The bones in my legs turned into a fluid alloy, and the hot steam ironed even my underwear. My stomach searched for even a few calories as the inner lining turned inside out to reveal nothing but emptiness.

The truth is, it was a great hike but strenuous just as we were seeking. All the numerous ravines. water falls, and overlooks made a tiring trip with the while. No, Ted didn't really lie, but the long hike is for the healthy.

Definitely lived up to the reputation of being a beautiful and difficult hike. Didn't make it to RP unfortunately, we had to keep pushing onward to get back to camp before sundown... Didn't make it. Luckily I had the foresight to turn my phone off to save battery for just this occasion. My wife's phone battery died just as we got within sight of a campfire. Needless to say, be prepared when you start because hiking the gizzard portion takes longer than you would expect. Aside from the hellacious terrain (accurately described by Lance before me) the sights are amazing. We are definitely going back but will leave camp early enough not to repeat. I'm thinking about running this trail at some point... Could hold a great race on this trail. I'm thinking about calling it the Tongue Torch Trail Marathon, sponsored in part by Zaxbys...

Moderately challenging. The sweat you work up is 100% rewarded by the views of hiking on a clear day. Personal recommendation is to continue on 0.7 miles further and check out Myrtle Point... roughly 270° views from that lookout point. Great trail, would love to do it again and stay at the lodge.