Albright Grove Loop Trail

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Distance0.6mi
Elevation Gain475ft
Trailhead Elevation3,109ft
Top3,327ft
Elevation Min/Max3109/3327ft
Elevation Start/End3109/3109ft

Albright Grove Loop Trail

Albright Grove Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Cocke County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 3,109 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 475 feet. This trail connects with the following: Maddron Bald Trail.

Albright Grove Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Hike from a lesser-used trailhead, passing the wellpreserved Willis Baxter Cabin. Travel amid more pioneer homesites in quiet stream valleys before entering the land of giant trees—old-growth forest now preserved forever. The uppermost part of the hike makes a short loop between Dunn Creek and Indian Camp Creek, taking you by trees that helped supporters make the case for establishing the Smoky Mountains National Park.

During fall you will see not merely big trees but big trees cloaked in autumn finery. After the leaves have fallen, the many pioneer homesites of the area are more evident, as are big trees beyond the edge of the trail. This area is also a fine spring-wildflower destination. Winter offers maximum seclusion."

"Although the superlative scenic and ecological attributes of the Albright Grove hike are dulled by the devastating death of the eastern hemlock trees, this hike remains a crown jewel in the Smokies. If you like big trees and lush forests, you’ll love this hike. And if you don’t like crowded trails, you’ll like it even better. Relatively few people visit this remote section of the park.

The trailhead may not be a safe place to leave your car. In the past, several cars have been stolen or vandalized. While such activity has subsided, you are still taking a chance parking here, especially if leaving your vehicle overnight."

"A hard-to-find trailhead keeps a lot of hikers off this trail. However, with good directions, it’s a cinch. From the starting point, head up a wide bed on the Maddron Bald Trail, passing the Willis Baxter cabin, still intact after more than a century.

Traverse a trail junction and start to climb a bit, then come to the side trail leading into Albright Grove. This nature trail loops through a giant forest of tulip trees, located between Dunn and Indian Camp creeks. The immensity of this woodland, named after the former National Park Service director Horace Albright, lures you to repeat the trek with friends in tow."

Albright Grove Loop Trail Reviews

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4/20/2008
Great hike! A bit strenous if you are not the avid hiker, as it steeply ascends the whole way up. The scenery is beautiful, especially when you get to Albright Grove Loop.
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11/21/2006
Nice trail but a little too enclosed for comfort. I personally prefer ridge or mountain views, but the trees were quite beautiful. It was a very cold and foggy day for our hike, which made the trail very lovely and a little mysterious (the woodland relm). A moderate hike but easily paired with one of the many other Smokies hikes to make a nice day.
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4/26/2003
Once you find the trailhead (it's kind of obscure), it's just a beautiful hike to an old growth forest. We started off and it was pouring rain, and about 10 min into the hike, the sun came out and it was just beautiful. This trail is actually a nice loop, and at the beginning of the trail (maybe half mile in) there is an old cabin called the Willis Baxter Cabin built in 1889. Very neat. You hike along the a creek for a little while which runs on your left. If you look closely at the far side of the creek, you'll see an old stone wall built by the settlers of the area. I took a lot of pretty wildflower pictures on this trip, and there are a lot of unusual old tree formations. Once inside Albright Grove loop, there are several really old, really really big tulip trees ( I believe that is the type of tree - tragically, I'm not so great on identifying trees), and very large old stumps. Be sure to follow the trail back around at the top of Albright Grove, and not try to walk down what looks like a trail along the back side of the grove.... it's not a trail. It's a washout, as we quickly learned, and leads no where. LOL Albright Grove actually intersects w/ several major trails including Maddron Bald, Snake Den Ridge and Gabes Mountain Trail. Very secluded. We hardly ran into any other hikers on this trail. Very beautiful.
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12/31/2001
I thought the trail was great. I was warned that my vehicle might not be safe; it was. No problem with trail markings. Moderate trail; not easy. Trees are wonderful.
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10/8/2000
I enjoyed this trail, but it's not one of my favorites. It was poorly marked when we went, and at times we worried that we had left the trail.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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