Grassy Cove Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 1,232' 375 m
Descent: -1,231' -375 m
High: 2,726' 831 m
Low: 1,823' 556 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“A straightforward run with fantastic overlooks and great rock formations on the Cumberland Trail.”— Jeff Shearer
After gaining altitude and reaching the ridge line, the going is pretty easy. But there are some parts that really could use some switchbacks, and it's best not to forget that these portions are a part of your trip! The trail is well-marked with white blazes and it is well-travelled. At about 2.6 miles, there is a spur (about a tenth of a mile) that leads to a fantastic overlook of Grassy Cove. There are some pine trees that are perfect for a hammock, and this in itself can be a great stopping point.
After returning to the trail and continuing south, the trail becomes much less well-traveled. This part of the trail will require long pants in the summer, as it is LOADED with blackberries. While a great snack in season, beware of their prickly branches. There are some great rock formations and varying terrain, all of which make for an entertaining run.
The trail to the four-mile mark is completely dry. In late April, it was pretty exposed, so use sunscreen. By summer, there should be a lot more shade. I didn't see a soul the entire day.
Once you've enjoyed your journey, simply turn back and retrace your steps to the trailhead.
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