Piney River Trail with Twin Rocks

Spring City, Tennessee

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The Piney River Trail is a wonderful 8.3-mile trail that was originally set aside as a pocket wilderness but is now managed as part of the Cumberland Trail. It is a remote trail, ascending along a “dinky-line” grade up Piney River, and then up Duskin Creek. There are lots of cascades along the river and rock formations and big trees along the trail. This trail was one of the original Bowater pocket wilderness trails, built in the early 1970s. In fact, much of the infrastructure on the trail appears to have been built by the Bowater folks, including a beautiful 100-foot-long suspension bridge across the river.

Piney River Trail with Twin Rocks Professional Review and Guide

"The Piney River Trail is a wonderful 8.3-mile trail that was originally set aside as a pocket wilderness but is now managed as part of the Cumberland Trail. It is a remote trail, ascending along a “dinky-line” grade up Piney River, and then up Duskin Creek. There are lots of cascades along the river and rock formations and big trees along the trail.

This trail was one of the original Bowater pocket wilderness trails, built in the early 1970s. In fact, much of the infrastructure on the trail appears to have been built by the
Bowater folks, including a beautiful 100-foot-long suspension bridge across the river."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Spring City
Distance: 8.3
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 850 feet
Top Elevation: 1,100 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Cumberland Trail State Park, 220 Park Rd., Caryville, TN 37714; (423) 566-2229
Local Maps: USGS Pennine Quadrangle
Driving Directions: Directions to Piney River Trail with Twin Rocks

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May 2018