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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 28, 2020
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North is longer and gradual. South is shorter, more steep and rockier. Fun hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 28, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 23, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 18, 2020
HikingGreat!

Really pretty, lots of mushrooms, awesome fire tower

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 13, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 10, 2020
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Jordan Van Druff reviewed North and South Old Mac Mountain Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarNovember 9, 2020
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Cordelia Hershey reviewed Spicewood Branch Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 31, 2020
Hiking

Steep. Rocky. Slippery

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Hobart Hoskins reviewed Spicewood Branch Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 31, 2020
Hiking

Moderate incline going to the tower. it is a beautiful trail. The trip back down is brutal on knees, ankles and feet. It is very rocky.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 30, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 24, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 24, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 21, 2020
Hiking

Did this trail on Sept 27th. Good climb to start the day. Went up old Mac North then up to the tower back down the spice wood and did the Judge branch loop. As we went up it got foggy. By the time we made it to the tower you couldn’t see 10 feet ahead. This was the high side of moderate clocked in at 11.3 miles and 2625 elevation climb. We’ll do it again.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 18, 2020
HikingGreat!

Awesome hike, awesome view from the observation tower at the top. Be aware that the NORTH trail is moderate. The SOUTH Old Mac trail is rated Hard. So if you want to do the whole loop, consider going up the north trail and then come back down the south trail (alternatively, you can just go back the way you came down the north trail again and it's still 8 miles total). The parking lot has excellent facilities including bathrooms, shower, bear-proof trashcans, picnic area, etc. Much of the hike is fairly narrow, so be aware that it is difficult to avoid people when passing each other. Steady elevation gain the whole way. On your way up the north trail, when you get just over halfway to the tower, take a left at the Old Mac Camp Site and check it out. It's marked by a sign, and it's quite a beautiful spot. Then return to the trail and go see the observation tower at the top. Killer view of the town in the distance. Head back down and follow the signs to the south trail to complete the loop. The south trail is even more narrow, steep, and craggy, with lots of roots and rocks, so it's much easier when going downhill. It's really cool though - huge, mossy boulders and rock formations everywhere. Keep a lookout for wild ginger growing all along the way. This hike took us just under 5 hours with breaks and snack time at the top. It was strenuous, but absolutely awesome.

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Melissa Cardon reviewed Spicewood Branch Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 18, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 3, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 2, 2020
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Corina Toro reviewed Frozen Head Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 20, 2020
BackpackingGreat!Scramble

Wow!!! So much elevation gain!!! We started our amazing adventure on Chimney Top Trail near visitor station to Firetower...tough. Did a quick loop and checked out the overlook on the campsite of North Old Mac Trail. We continued north on West Lookout Tower up to Squire Knob campsite. This campsite was so nice, it had a bear proof box for belongings/food and had an awesome fire pit with awesome rock chairs! There was a small spring in the area as well. After caming a pretty quiet night there, we continued to North Bird Mountain, then Bird Mountain.....lots of incline, tons of switchbacks, then brutal on the toes trek all the way down the ridge and finishing up on the road back to visitor station. We packed sleeping bags, food, and supplies into our back packs which weighed about 25+ lbs. Within a few miles up into the mountains, you feel it!!! So worth all the pain!!! One of the best hiking adventures ever, and my first backpacking trip!!! Beautiful scenery, no wildlife sightings, great campsites, well marked, overall great park!!! A few down trees on North Bird. Highly recommend!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 18, 2020
Hiking

excellent trail! the cumberland trail is worth it most definitely. they did have 2 trees down across ross gap. but I told a ranger and he was on the radio sending people up there.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 17, 2020
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Bill Green reviewed Frozen Head Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 14, 2020
Running
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Hard. Really hard. Same elevation change as the Quest for the Crest 50k, in case anyone was wondering. It’s a lot. So much.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 7, 2020
HikingGreat!

A nice hike. Uphill all the way to the top on the old north Mac trail. A bit disappointing the last section before the tower walking on a gravel road and the cell phone towers. The fire tower was quite unique. The old south Mac trail was a bit more challenging and interesting. The facilities at Frozen Head area are outstanding Only encountered a few hikers

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Thomas Turner reviewed Spicewood Branch Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 1, 2020
Hiking

Fun trail with lots of small rocky creek crossing and a decent bit of altitude gain. All uphill to a nice section of Chimney Top then all downhill on Old Mac South.

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Lyndsey Donnell reviewed North and South Old Mac Mountain Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 16, 2020
Hiking

We did the south trail up and back. Mostly a single file trail. Some overgrown areas. Saw very few others. Saw one deer. Most of the elevation gained the last mile up. Overall a really good hike!

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Casey Meyering reviewed Spicewood Branch Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 13, 2020
HikingRocky

It’s a bit of a rocky trail in spots. The signage on the route isn’t very good (nowhere at the bottom does it tell you which to way the Spicewood branch) but you can figure it out if you have the map downloaded. I saw one wild boar which wasn’t remotely as excited to see me as I was to see it, and it tore up the mountain honking all the way. The view at the top from the lookout tower was great!! I’ll definitely go back to try one of the other branches.

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Jessica Poynter reviewed Ross Gap via Rocky Fork Trailhead
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 26, 2020
HikingRocky
First to Review

I would rate this trail difficult even though it’s not long. The rocks make for a real ankle-breaker and the trail is relatively steep most of the way. Very pretty boulders though

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 25, 2020
WalkingBugsOver grownRocky

Fun hike up the mountain with our dog. Took the south (yellow) trail up and north (red) trail down. About 4 hours total including a break at the tower. The yellow trail is steeper but still gradual. Most of the trail is very thin and overgrown in certain parts so expect to walk single file. We ran into a wild boar about 3/4 of the way up the yellow trail and it ran away after making eye contact. Only saw four groups of hikers the entire day, but we did go up during scattered thunderstorms. Would recommend this hike!

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