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Grand Gap Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (10)

A ridge-top trail with great views of the Big South Fork and of the Big South Fork Recreation Area.


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Map Key

5.2

Miles

8.4

KM

94%

Runnable

1,472' 449 m

High

1,259' 384 m

Low

552' 168 m

Up

532' 162 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

Keep your eyes peeled for mountain bikers while on trail.

Description

Take the JMT: Leatherwood Ford - Station Camp Crossing from the Leatherwood Parking area to the top of the bluff, which is about 2.8 miles. The Grand Gap Loop Trail begins where it intersects with the JMT: Leatherwood Ford - Station Camp Crossing. The two trails converge to the right for about 350 yards to the Angel Falls Overlook which provides awesome views of the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River.

Continue on in the same direction along the edge of the bluff ridge. Views of the river will be frequently available. Eventually, the trail turns in away from the ridge and through a mini forest of mountain laurels. It emerges into a hilly hardwood forest. At around 5 miles, the trail merges with the John Muir Trail. It passes by the Fall Branch Overlook which offers more wonderful vistas, and the trail ends at the Angel Falls Overlook Trail, where it began.

NOTE: There is no water to be found on top of the bluff. Be sure to bring enough water to provide proper hydration during the 7 mile loop, as well as for the ascent and descent on the Angel Falls Overlook Trail.

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Shared By:

Charles Pulse

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  4.3 from 10 votes

#6897

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Photos

The Big South Fork from the Angel Falls Overlook.
Apr 17, 2016 near Oneida, TN
Angel Falls Overlook offers a stunning look at the Big South Fork Cumberland River.
Mar 22, 2017 near Oneida, TN
Cliffside on the Big South Fork.
Apr 19, 2016 near Oneida, TN
The Big South Fork from Angel Falls Overlook.
Apr 17, 2016 near Oneida, TN
Big South Fork Recreational Area from the Fall Branch Overlook.
Apr 19, 2016 near Oneida, TN
Mountain bikers, hikers, and trail runners share the view from the overlook along the multi-use Grand Gap Loop Trail.
Dec 29, 2016 near Oneida, TN

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Aug 17, 2019
Shane Foster