Test Your Toughness on Fiery Gizzard Trail South Cumberland State Park
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Test Your Toughness on Fiery Gizzard Trail South Cumberland State Park
Test Your Toughness on Fiery Gizzard Trail
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Test Your Toughness on Fiery Gizzard Trail

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Not for the faint of heart, the strenuous Fiery Gizzard is a 12.5-mile long one-way trail that will pass rock formations, waterfalls and panoramic overlooks.

By Kelly Thomas
Cited as one of the Top 25 hiking trails in the United States by Backpacker magazine, Fiery Gizzard Trail will challenge even the fittest of hikers. The 12.5-mile long one-way trek is part of the South Cumberland State Park and follows Fiery Gizzard Creek before ascending 500 feet to a breathtaking overlook at Raven Point. The trail then continues along the canyon rim before ending at Foster Falls.

The trail begins about midway along the Grundy Forest Day Loop, where hikers will quickly stumble upon a large rock shelter and centuries-old Hemlock tree, the seven-foot "Blue Hole" with an accompanying nine-foot waterfall, and then discover Sycamore Falls, a stunning swimming hole with a 12-foot waterfall. The trail then continues through to the "Fruit Bowl", and after over 3.5 miles, you will come to the spur for Raven Point. The path then tends to follow the flatter Cumberland Plateau, but be warned—there is a section of the trail for .3 miles that is 200 feet vertical and filled with unsteady rocks.

Of note—if your furry friend is up for the challenge, dogs are permitted on the trail!

South Cumberland State Park
11745 US-41
Monteagle, TN 37356
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