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Mullens Cove Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This loop offers views of the Tennessee River Gorge, rock bluffs, and cascading streams. The bare rock promontory of Snoopers Rock offers a wide view of the Tennessee River Gorge, and Mullens Cove Overlook affords a view of Mullens Cove where it joins the river gorge. Camping is available at Hemlock Branch Campsite."
--Russ Manning, 40 Hikes In Tennessee's South Cumberland (The Mountaineers Books).
Great hike, however I did encounter an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake slithering in the undergrowth just 7 feet off the trail. It wasn't poised to strike but it did let me know it was there by the distinct rattle. I just kept walking. So just be aware that they are around.
Great trail! Beautiful views...especialy Snoopers Rock. We hiked in January and there was lots of water. The cascade stream is beautiful. Nice rolling elevation changes.
At The McNabb Gulf Campsite there are hemlocks down in abundance. A huge one is covering the best and most level ground on which to pitch. Also, the trail is nearly undetectable past this point because of the trees. We were forced to do an out and back. However, the views are breathtaking from several overlooks and along the sections running the ridge above the river.
Very pleasant hike only a half hour from Chattannoga. Easy climbing, except toward the end where there are quite a few boulders. Very secluded, but well marked. My wife and I did not see a single person during the entire 10 miles despite a beutiful weekend day. I enjoyed the hike immensely, but there was nothing stunning about it. Just a really good way to spend a day.
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