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