Buggytop Cave Trail at Carter State Natural Area

Monteagle, Tennessee 37356

Buggytop Cave Trail at Carter State Natural Area

Buggytop Cave Trail at Carter State Natural Area Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike starts on a “bench” of the Cumberland Plateau and winds its way across limestone outcrops to visit a small cove and a huge cave entrance. This trail also has a nice overlook of the cove.

And the cave entrance at Buggytop is beautiful, although the cave itself is closed for about 8 months out of the year due to the white-nose syndrome among bats, and it should not be entered during that time frame. Please check at the Park Headquarters for more info."

Buggytop Cave Trail at Carter State Natural Area Reviews

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4/19/2018
If you’re looking to spend a day in the great outdoors in Middle Tennessee, plan some time exploring South Cumberland State Park. You’ll find the Natural Bridge in the park itself, which is located in Monteagle. You can park near the bridge, so you don’t have to hike to get to it. Once there, though, you can walk across the bridge and climb down to see what lies beneath it. There are plenty of other great sights to see within the park, including a small cave and several gorgeous hiking trails. Buggytop Cave is not in the park. It is near it – just five miles away, but you can’t go into the cave at this time due to the fact that bats in Tennessee are being impacted by white-nose syndrome (a lot of the state’s caves are closed because of this).
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3/7/2009
This trail has a nice slow, level pace at the begginning and end which is nice for catching your breath on the way back. Nice outcrops of rock dot the trail making you pay attention. The end of the first two miles is worth the somewat uneventful journey to get there. The cave area and the rushing river at the turn around point make this hike well worth the trip. Also, if your riding on a motorcycle, like myself, you may want to give yourself a little extra time to rip up the great switch backs that are all around the trail head area.
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5/1/2001
Co-leading this leg of a weekend hike for the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, I found the trail to be mundane until you reach the Buggytop Cave area. The hike them appears to have been worth the hilly effort, especially if you are able to view experienced rock climbers working the face of the cave, or even observing persons enjoying the cool breeze and pristine waters flowing from the cave mouth. Even the most hesitant caver would feel comfortable (with a flashlight), slowly exploring the huge cavernous area within the cave mouth. The uphill climb toward the right side of the cave rounds a corner where you once again see daylight and begin the exit through one of the three openings into the cave itself. Quite enjoyable for all ages and ability of hikers.
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Trail Information

Monteagle
Nearby City
3.9
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
South Cumberland Recreation Area, 11745 US 41, Monteagle, TN 37356; (931) 924-2980
Local Contacts
7.5' quads: Sinking Cove and Sewanee
Local Maps

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Dec 2018