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Brent Ammons reviewed Emory Gap Trail
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Tom K reviewed Judge Branch Trail
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The hike is definitely as listed and difficult. It's well marked and can be traversed, even with the deep fall leaves hiding the trail. I dis this loop clockwise from the parking lot and it was just a coincidence. I am glad though as there were a LOT of switchbacks on the route down off the Chimney Tops. Great views from the fire tower too! Due to deep leaves, sticks are highly recommended.

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HikingGreat!

Really pretty, lots of mushrooms, awesome fire tower

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Mac Bartine reviewed Debord Falls
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Lovely hike! Very easy for the most part. We kept going up to Emory Gap Falls, about a mile past this hike. Both were beautiful. We waded in the water too, surprisingly not very cold for November.

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Teresa Fischer reviewed Judge Branch Trail
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Great loop trail to compete when then leaves are down.

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Patty Burgunder reviewed Emory Gap Trail
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Easy walk to waterfalls, more trafficked, few mask wearers.

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Patty Burgunder reviewed Judge Branch Trail
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Great, easy hike- took the brach of old mac north to a mini waterfall for lunch, not a soul on the entire trail- nice day

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We took Chimney Top to Spicewood Branch. CT: Steep, switchbacks, climbs. Spicewood: rocky descent Fun fact: take selfie with yellow start gate at campsite. If you know...you know. Headquarters: friendly staff, restrooms, gift shop, 3D map, paper maps (NEVER trust your devices)

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HikingGreat!

Steep in places, seemed every time I thought we were at the top, it was even farther up. The trail out spice wood was rocky but dry. Hard loop, but awesome

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Jordan Van Druff reviewed North and South Old Mac Mountain Loop
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tracy broyles reviewed Judge Branch Trail
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Audrey Neymeyer reviewed Debord Falls
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Cordelia Hershey reviewed Spicewood Branch Trail
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Steep. Rocky. Slippery

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Hobart Hoskins reviewed Spicewood Branch Trail
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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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Rob Repass reviewed Bird Mountain Trail
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Did a hybrid trail off this one on Sunday 10/18. Weather was perfect. 35* to start went up Bird Mountain to the Cumberland Trail. Then the wind started. It was strong and the temp dropped back to about 40. We hooked up with the West Tower trail and went to the tower atop Frozen Head. That part of the trail was mostly flat so we made up a little time. From there we went down the Old Mac South trail. Total trip was 12.61 miles and 2960 feet elevation. Total trip was when the wind stopped it warmed up but the rain clouds started in so we didn’t make it to Chimney Top. Just know this is a hard trail and you better be ready. You will feel it. We will be back and next time we’ll hit Chimney Top too.

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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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Darcy Grimesey reviewed Judge Branch Trail
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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
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Ryan Ankabrandt reviewed Emory Gap Trail
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