Albright Grove

Hartford, Tennessee

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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 Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hartford
Distance: 6.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.25 hours
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Albright Grove

Recent Trail Reviews

11/21/2006
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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.


4/26/2003
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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.


12/31/2001
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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.


10/8/2000
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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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