Hidden Passage Loop

Jamestown, Tennessee 38556

Hidden Passage Loop

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 Trip Reports

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10/21/2009
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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Trail Information

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