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Piney River Pocket Wilderness

Intermediate
  4.3 ( 4 ) Favorite

Trail

5.9 mile 9.6 kilometer out and back
96% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 616' 188 m
Descent: -616' -188 m
High: 1,185' 361 m
Low: 879' 268 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)

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Trail shared by Brent Lee

This is great for a family out-and-back day trip; some small bouldering keeps the trail fun, 3-4 hours with a picnic.

Brent Lee

Features Swimming · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

A great day run on an excellent, maintained trail with very little climbing.

Need to Know

A few creek crossings, more with recent rains.

Runner Notes

Challenging boulders.

Description

Our family of five did this trail out and back in about 3.5 hours. We had a picnic at the first bridge we came to. The kids are 9, 11, 13, all are fit, so they did well with little complaining. Lot's of, "What? How did they get all this lumber, steel and cables all the way in here!"

Along the way, there is a cool swinging bridge over an excellent wide, shallow, slow-moving creek. Tthere are many creeks that run from the hills to cross. Some of them with long stepped waterfalls. One, a challenging, bouldering, wet crossing got a foot soaked enough to need to squeeze the sock out. At the bridge, the kids set up their hammocks and chilled out for lunch. I was told by an experienced hiker/photographer, that in April, she counted 40 species of wildflowers in this 3-mile stretch of trail!

Flora & Fauna

Many wildflowers in spring.

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  4.3 from 4 votes

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Photos

Bullfrog in February? It was a warm, beautiful, winter day!
Feb 18, 2017 near Spring…, TN
This is the first bridge on the trail from the main Piney River parking area. I watched a young guy jump from the bridge into the swimming hole below in February!
Feb 18, 2017 near Spring…, TN
Look for this waterfall across the creek at the first bridge.
Feb 18, 2017 near Spring…, TN

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