Hidden Passage Loop

Jamestown, Tennessee

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This loop is laden with sights——waterfalls, rock arches, overhangs, and the Hidden Passage, the namesake of the path with which the Sheltowee Trace shares treadway. Views are plentiful along the cliff line above Thompson Creek. The return trip travels over a small arch. Leave TN 154 and begin the Sheltowee Trace, which shares the trail with the Hidden Passage Trail. Mountain laurel crowds the path, marked with the Sheltowee Trace turtle-shaped blaze and green-diamond blazes for the Hidden Passage Trail. Descend along the stream, where white pines and Fraser magnolias grow tall amid downed shortleaf pines felled by pine beetles in the late 1990s. Outstanding Features: Arches, waterfalls, Thompson Overlook, and Hidden Passage

Hidden Passage Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This loop is laden with sights——waterfalls, rock arches, overhangs, and the Hidden Passage, the namesake of the path with which the Sheltowee Trace shares treadway. Views are plentiful along the cliff line above Thompson Creek. The return trip travels over a small arch.

Leave TN 154 and begin the Sheltowee Trace, which shares the trail with the Hidden Passage Trail. Mountain laurel crowds the path, marked with the Sheltowee Trace turtle-shaped blaze and green-diamond blazes for the Hidden Passage Trail. Descend along the stream, where white pines and Fraser magnolias grow tall amid downed shortleaf pines felled by pine beetles in the late 1990s.

Outstanding Features: Arches, waterfalls, Thompson Overlook, and Hidden Passage"

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jamestown
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4.25 hours
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 1,600 feet
Local Contacts: Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Hidden Passage Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

10/21/2009
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This is a wonderful trail. I hiked it in Winter once years ago and it was spectacular with 15 foot icicles everywhere, waterfalls frozen on top and still running underneath. It was also two days after a snowfall. This time was not quite so spectacular though very much worth the effort. About half the hike is now through a burn area from about 4 years ago. The new growth is certainly a testement to the restorative power of nature. I think it's just a different perspective and a different kind of beauty than the big trees before the fire. Still lots of great rockhouses. It's one of the most geologically diverse areas I've ever experienced.



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May 2018