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Fiery Gizzard



12.2 mile 19.7 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable


Ascent: 1,097' 334 m
Descent: -979' -298 m
High: 1,878' 572 m
Low: 1,385' 422 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)


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Trail shared by John Mason Harbison

A strenuous, 12.5 mile, one-way trail that is considered one of the top 25 trails in the US.

John Mason Harbison

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife


Follow along the Fiery Gizzard Creek, chasing waterfalls, experiencing stunning overlooks, and working your way through old growth forests.

Need to Know

Please note that this route isn't an out an back, and you'll either want to arrange to leave a car at each end of the trail or plan to camp along the way.

Runner Notes

Watch out for rocks and roots, especially around the streams and waterfalls. Steep, rocky climbs dominate the trail at some points.


Beginning at the Foster Falls parking lot, witness the 60 foot waterfall at the start. From the overlook, go to the right and cross the bridge to start the trail. Continue on the Fiery Gizzard Trail as it leads you deep into the old growth forest, coming across many creeks that fall off the rock ledges that dot the landscape. Don't worry, there are bridge crossings for each creek, and the views atop the waterfalls are stunning.

After traveling 2.5 miles, you'll come across a backcountry campsite. From there, you'll descend into a gorge and climb back up on the other side along the strenuous trail. You'll continue deep into the lush forest before coming into the Grundy forest. You can stop at Ravens Point, 5 miles to the Grundy Day Loop parking lot, for an unbelievable view.

Advance onto Sycamore Falls and where you'll find a few more stunning waterfalls, cascading streams and swimming holes. There's a slight incline on the way back towards the parking lot of the Grundy Forest.

Flora & Fauna

Old growth forests shade your journey.

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Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks

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Aug 25, 2018
Leisa Wamsley
Beautiful trail with great views of Foster Falls. Strenuous in parts. 7.1mi

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Foster Falls
Apr 7, 2016 near Tracy City, TN
A cascade along Fiery Gizzard.
Apr 28, 2016 near Tracy City, TN
Sycamore Falls found in the Grundy Forest along the Fiery Gizzard Trail.
Apr 12, 2016 near Tracy City, TN
A small creek that flows off the edge along the Fiery Gizzard Trail.
Apr 12, 2016 near Tracy City, TN
The view down valley from Fiery Gizzard.
Apr 28, 2016 near Tracy City, TN
Fiery Gizzard Trail in Grundy Forest State Natural Area
Apr 28, 2016 near Tracy City, TN


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