Grundy Forest Day Loop

Tracy City, Tennessee

Distance1.0mi
Elevation Gain394ft
Trailhead Elevation1,810ft
Top1,823ft
Elevation Min/Max1732/1823ft
Elevation Start/End1810/1810ft
Grundy Forest Day Loop is a hiking trail in Tracy City, Tennessee. It is a mile long and begins at 1,810 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is two miles with a total elevation gain of 394 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking, restrooms, and shelter. Along the trail there is a camp site.

Grundy Forest Day Loop Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trail into the head of Gizzard Cove meanders through giant hemlocks and offers views of waterfalls, cascades, and the junction of the Big and Little Fiery Gizzard Creeks. In spring, the area flaunts displays of hepatica, phacelia, geranium, crested dwarf iris, trillium, and wild phlox. Camping is available at the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Campsite. How the creeks got the name Fiery Gizzard is not known for sure. One story says the name originated from an iron-smelting furnace used by the Tennessee Coal and Railroad Co. to test the quality of its coke in the 1870s.

Another tale says Davy Crockett burned his tongue on a hot turkey gizzard while camped along the creek. Still others say the name arose during a peace conference when an Indian chief ripped the gizzard from a recently gutted turkey and threw it into the campfire to get the whites’ attention. However the name came about, it’s now firmly attached to the creeks and the gorge they flow through, Gizzard Cove."

"Simply stated, Grundy Forest has some of the most concentrated magnificence in the South. From the trailhead, descend to Little Fiery Gizzard Creek and Cave Spring Rockhouse, complemented by an ancient hemlock. Down valley you will reach Blue Hole Falls and a big swimming hole. Leave the loop to view water-carved Black Canyon just below the confluence of Big and Little Fiery Gizzard Creeks.

The Chimney Rocks rise before coming to Sycamore Falls, situated in a scenic flat ideal for natural contemplation. Backtrack, now heading up Big Fiery Gizzard Creek where Hanes Hole Falls skims off a slickrock slide. Visit an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp, now a backcountry campsite. Pass tantalizing School House Falls, then reach the trailhead."

"On very few hikes anywhere can you see so much in such a short distance. Rock overhangs, waterfalls, and huge hemlocks . . . all along a trail built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. The basic trail is a loop, but if you add an out-and-back to Sycamore Falls and the Dog Hole portion of the Fiery GizzardTrail, the total distance will be 3.6 miles.

Grundy Forest is a small area that was donated by the town fathers of Tracy City in the 1930s in order to qualify for a CCC camp, and in order to set aside the area with trails. Fiery Gizzard Creek cuts through the top of the Cumberland Plateau, and the trail follows the creek downward through rock gardens, by overhangs, and alongside the creek, with numerous waterfalls and cascades. Quickly, after leaving the parking lot, you step off into a beautiful and lush small canyon, where cascades, tall trees, huge hemlocks, and craggy rock overhangs are the norm."

Grundy Forest Day Loop Reviews

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2/22/2007
We found this to be a very beautiful, well-maintained trail. It was well-marked and very pleasant. We already plan to go back.
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7/23/2001
This hike is excellent for families. If it's summer time, make sure you take along a bathing suit and towel. There are several good places on this trail to have a picnic and go swimming in the creek. One of the swimming holes has a large waterfall and you can usually find someone swimming there in the summer months. Make sure you wear some water shoes when swimming in the creek and bring along a float for the children. The walk along the scenic and shaded creek is my favorite part of the hike.
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Tracy City
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