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Very nice trail, and well maintained. I'd rate it as moderate. though the alum gap-BCG section is quite rocky and steep. Wear close toed shoes. Only a couple other people on the trail despite clear skies and a high around 55. Near the ranger station, check out Ranger Falls as well, just a couple hundred yards to beautiful falls.

Good hike for how short it was.

hiking
22 hours ago

A great winter hiking option if Cades Cove loop is closed due to ice/snow; the trailhead is right inside the Townsend entrance and accessible even if most other park roads are closed. The lack of foliage in the winter means you get peeks of pretty mountain views through the branches most of the way, and a more moderate climb makes this hike easily doable in snow. If it is icy I might consider bringing microspikes, but with just an inch of snow I was able to do this with just trekking poles and no additional traction. While this hike isn't anything extremely spectacular compared to many other hikes in the Smokeys, I'm glad I was able to enjoy the snowy forest even with the road closures and would definitely recommend as a snow-route.

easy trail beautiful view

Beautiful hike with friends years ago. One beautiful scene after another. Falls were amazing. Worth the ride. Leave it beautiful please!

Definitely more in the moderate difficulty range. Plenty of very rocky patches along entire tire, especially the closer you get to the bridge. Also lots of roots. Some beautiful scenery, and the inclines aren't bad at all, but you will want to be careful and watch your step! Lots of slippery leaves, and I imagine all those rocks could get VERY slippery in the winter. Wear some good, durable hiking boots and you should be fine. A little over 3 miles to the bridge; very neat place. I can see why that area would make for a cool, serene place to stop and rest during the warmer months. Would visit again, but next time I will wear my heavy duty trail shoes!

Nice easy hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Have been doing this trail for many years. Nicely maintained !!! New configuration of trail much better than that from the late 80's. Cave at the end of the trail is easy if equipped right (3 sources of light and helmet) if only one light just poke around in the twilight of one of the three entrances. Lower entrance is among the most impressive in the state !!

hiking
2 days ago

Standard walk in the woods

Really cool trail with varying terrain. The trail is dog friendly, so we started with our pup at memorial cross and headed west. There were huge boulders that we could navigate without our dog getting hurt, so we had to turn around and drive to Morgan’s Steep to bypass that section. Looking forward to coming back and completing the whole thing.