Cosby Horse Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Cocke County, Tennessee. It is within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 2,356 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 137 feet. The Mountain Grove School (historical) (elevation 2,369 feet) school is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. The Cosby Picnic Pavillion shelter and the Cosby Picnic Area picnic site can be seen along the trail. There is also parking along the trail.
Cosby Horse Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Cosby Self-Guiding Nature Trail makes a great outing for families staying at the nearby campground, but it’s also worth driving here just for the hike. The trail passes through a splendid forest with many large trees. In spring wildflowers carpet the ground. Use the trail brochure to learn some of the history and nature at the numbered posts."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
"This trail is much more than a campground leg-stretcher. The designer of this trail must have been an artist. The way the trail offers up the virgin forest experience is almost as impressive as the setting itself.
This amble not far from the drainage of Crying Creek is so
scenic it could almost bring tears to your eyes. Drop past the
mileage sign to an atmospheric old road grade and go right
(south) on the Low Gap Trail, following the nature trail sign. Fine views look down onto the rushing stream in a mature cove hardwood forest."
--Randy Johnson, Best Easy Day Hikes: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - 2nd Edition (Falcon Guides).
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