Grundy Forest Day Loop

Tracy City, Tennessee 37387

Elevation Gain394ft
Trailhead Elevation1,810ft
Elevation Min/Max1732/1823ft
Elevation Start/End1810/1810ft

Grundy Forest Day Loop

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

"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."

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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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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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Trail Information

Tracy City
Nearby City
South Cumberland Recreation Area
Local Contacts
USGS quad 100NW, White CityUSGS 7.5' quad: Monteagle and White City
Local Maps

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Nov 2018