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Buggytop Trail and Sewanee Natural Bridge Professional Review and Guide
"Lost Cove Cave’s Buggytop Entrance is one of the plateau’s most impressive cave entrances, an 80-foot mouth carved out of a 150-foot cliff. On the way to the Buggytop trailhead, stop at the largest-known natural bridge on the South Cumberland."
--Russ Manning, 40 Hikes In Tennessee's South Cumberland (The Mountaineers Books).
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.
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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