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drove the full length last summer,3 free camp grounds along the highway.about every mile there is either a short trail to see some amazing historical sites.did this trip solo from Natchez miss. to Nashville in 4 days,3 nights of camping,took my time and enjoyed ever mile.
Loved this trail! Took a rookie backpacker to break in and it was a perfect first timer! I agree that this is an easy hike but if you plan to backpack it can be challenging at times with ~25% of your body weight attached to your back! My only complaint is that the 50' metal bridge that crosses Laurel Creek all the guides talk about is no longer there and we were very confused with no bridge and no blazes visible on the other side. Laurel Falls was fabulous! One guide suggested exploring the first section (mining area) on the way in so you are not too tired to explore on the way out. We did it on the way in AND the way out and still felt like we could have explored more so be sure to not pass right by this wonderful area. I uploaded some images we took. April is perfect with cool nights, not so hot days, wild flowers everywhere, falls with good amounts of water, enough greenery to add to the beauty but not enough to hinder views of the falls, and dogwoods in full bloom. The trail was easy to follow most of the time but with so many spur trails, don't let down your guard and neglect watching for white blazes. Rock scrambles can get tricky but so worth it!
made it to the lodge with minimal stops in about 2 hours 40 minutes, about 105 minutes on the way down. lots of red squirrels, came 10 feet from a whitetail and also met the rapper yelawolf at the lodge which was pretty surreal. Myrtle point is a must. p.s the cookies at the lodge are great for a buck.