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Alum Cave Bluffs Trail

Gatlinburg, TN

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Mt Le Conte via the Alum Cave Bluffs Trail is a 11 mile out and back trail located near Gatlinburg, Tennessee that features a river, concave cliff. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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I. H. Park @ Lakeland
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3 Completed 0 Reviews

This is a decent quick hike with some of the best elevation in Shelby County. I do the yellow trail, as it's the longest. I can not comment on the others, but I did end up on the other 2 trails once which extended my hike and resulted in me exiting the trail South of the lake. I would recommend boots on the yellow trail. Nice scenic lake to walk around. Trails are well maintained. The few times I have been on it, traffic has been minimal.

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shelby dog park
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3 Completed 0 Reviews

Great place. I take my dog often for off leash hikes. Some decent elevation if you plan your route. Lots of ponds to traverse. Don't need boots for this park. The proper name is Outback Dog Park. My route is right at 2 miles, which takes me and Hobo just under an hour.

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Herb Parsons Lake Trails
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3 Completed 0 Reviews

Nice park. You can't really get lost on this trail as it's a fairly small park. If you do, you probably don't need to be hiking. I did not have time to hike the whole trail. The directions are wrong on the "Getting There" segment. Was there on a beautiful Sunday and it was not crowded.

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Narrows of Harpeth Hike Trail
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13 Completed 9 Reviews

Beautiful!

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Bays Mountain Trail
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8 Completed 7 Reviews

I really love day hiking at Bays Mountain. There are lots of trails to explore with a good range of difficulty. Many trails intersect offering the opportunity to hike several different loops. First hike here was Azalea trail to the antennas and back via Bays Mtn Road for a total of 4 miles. There was a beautiful spring the trail followed that I dubbed Aquamarine Spring. Great views and rocky crags just off of Bays Mtn Road on the way back as well as a fire tower. Recently, we hiked the other side of Bays, crossing the dam and heading out on Lake Road to Front Hollow Road. We hit Cross Ridges trail to Cherry Knobs trail but ended up turning back due to time constrictions. Ended up being about 4 miles again. Fascinating area with evidence of early settlement along with signs of beaver activity and beautiful wildflowers.

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House Mountain
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8 Completed 3 Reviews

If you enjoy crowded trails, lots of dogs, and a steep climb then this is a hike you will enjoy. The view is worth the aforementioned steep climb but with so many other fantastic trails in the area this is not a destination hike. Leash rule is commonly ignored. Locals love it because it is close to home but truthfully, although I have completed this hike a few times it is really just an o.k. hike.

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Fiery Gizzard Trail
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13 Completed 3 Reviews

This trail is amazing & had everything I love in one package: beautiful, well maintained & the perfect amount of skill level. Beginning on the left fork of "Grundy Day loop" we wound around knotted roots and a few wooded walkways. After crossing the wooden bridge you encounter a small yet beautiful "gulf" of rushing water (fyi it has been raining for almost a week now) which will wind around past Sycamore Falls & then a natural column to your right.
Note: there is a *very* small section of hiking on rocks at this point. It is a tiny preview of what is to come if you continue on the Fiery Gizzard trail at the next split. Don't enjoy hopping from rock to rock for these few minutes? Take the Dog Hole trail.
We continued on the "Fiery" Trail for 3.1 miles which did pass through multiple boulder fields, tons of wild flowers, and always along the stream to your right. This portion took a few hours to navigate the rocks, and we only had simple day packs on too. You do cross about 3 streams before the final ascent towards the point, which would make perfect water filtering spots as needed. We finally reached a wooden sign noting "picnic area 1mi" leaning against a tree pointing in the direction we had come. Correctly assumed this should have pointed towards the top and started to climb. This mile did not last long, as it was a little less rocky but still tough! We reached Raven's point just in time to see the rain clouds rolling in. Taking Dog Hole trail 2.8mi back was a cupcake compared to what my partner & I had already completed. It had beautiful views & was smooth sailing. This 9mi trip took us from 10am to 4:30pm & it was in fact an ass kicker. We encountered only 2 other hikers and a ton of amazing flora such as pitcher plants, trillium and countless others.

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Stillhouse Hollow Falls Maury County Tennessee
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Lauri Kaye and I walked this with Scooby about 2 years ago. It was very hot out and we were sweating like crazy. It was a lovely walk until we had to hike back up the trail. It can be difficult for those with bad knees or a bad back.

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Virgin Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I have hiked this trail a couple of times. It is easily one of my favorites. The hike down into the gorge is beautiful and very easy. Just be careful if it has rained recently. Some areas can get a little slick. The caves are awesome as well as the falls. There are plenty of campsites at the falls (top and bottom) as well as some down by the river. The hike out is rated as strenuous but just take your time and it will be fine. You will enjoy this hike I promise.

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Fall Creek Falls Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Gorgeous falls! We didn't hike all 9 miles of trail but did the portion from the falls overlook down to the base of the falls. Be prepared to do a little bit of occasional scrambling over rocks & there is some steep hiking coming out. It was wet & muddy and somewhat rugged, but my 6 & 10 year old kids made it without any problem. Try to see the falls when water levels are higher - it was spectacular!

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