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blue South Old Mac Trail

Trail

3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer point to point
74% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,661' 506 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,045' 928 m
Low: 1,384' 422 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by James Smith

A low-intensity, day-use trail, good for transitioning from beginner to intermediate runs.

James Smith

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This trail is ideal for running. The Barkley 50K runs along this trail!

Description

This trail is a nice, well-marked trail with plenty of wildflowers in the spring. Quite a few people use this trail as part of a bigger loop when running to the observation tower and tub springs. The creek/river runs alongside most of the trail, which makes for pleasant ambiance along the way. On the way out, visitors will enjoy a steady climb, which eventually culminates at the Tub Springs campsites.

Flora & Fauna

There are too many to list but here are the May - June Wildflowers:
Black Snakeroot, Blue Eyed Grass, Bowman’s Root, Canada Lily, Carrion Flower, Cross-Vine, Daisies, Fleabane, Dutchman’s Pipe-vine, Galax – Galax aphylla, Ginseng, Greenbrier, Hawkweed, Heat’s-a-Bustin, Hispid Buttercup, Indian Cucumber, Indian Pipe, Lion’s Feet, Lyre-leaved Sage, Miterwort, Patridgeberry, Pipsissewa, Pussy-Toes, Queen Anne’s Lace, Ramps (wild onions), Robin Plantain, Showy Orchis, Southern Harebel, Starflower, Stone Crop, Trumpet Creeper, Twayblade, Wild Comfrey, Wild Hydrangea, Wild Lettuce, Wild Yam, Yellow Star-grass.

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Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks

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Jul 3, 2018
Pamela Lada Walker
Beautiful day and fun hike with Mike 7.1mi — 2h 25m

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#131

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