Trail Run Project Logo

Collins Gulf Trail

Difficult

Trail

3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 865' 264 m
Descent: -171' -52 m
High: 1,776' 541 m
Low: 1,077' 328 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Daniel Ray

A beautiful trail following the Collins River.

Daniel Ray

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall

Description

This trail is wonderful. The majority of it is nice and winding and follows the Collins River; at times it can prove quite challenging.

If you are coming from the Connector Trail as we did, the first several miles are pretty easy. They are easily marked and easily traveled. Around half a mile in, you come to a short spur trail leading to Schwoon Spring; here you can get more water. The trail leading to the spring isn't difficult but it does climb the entire way. This was a nice stopping point for lunch. The next 2 miles are fairly average and easy. Along the way here, you'll pass Fall Creek Sink and Horsepound Falls, both of which make for beautiful sights.

Just after passing Horsepound Falls, you basically begin your ascent for the last mile or so before reaching the end of the trail that connects you to the Collins West Camp Access Trail. This last portion of the run can prove quite challenging. There are several switchbacks that climb pretty quickly. There is some rocky terrain next which is fun to cross; if these areas are wet or icy, it can be quite dangerous. Along this portion, the trail is very narrow at times, so be mindful not to take a wrong step (it is a long way down).

At the very end of this trail (or beginning from Collins West Camp Access Trail), you'll pass Suter Falls. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the beautiful views and multiple picture opportunities. From here, you run along the rock shelf under the bluff taking you toward the parking lot. This last portion can be quite steep.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Flora & Fauna, Runner Notes

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 3 votes

#5267

Overall
  4.7 from 3 votes
5 Star
67%
4 Star
33%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#87

in Tennessee

#5,267

Overall
58 Views Last Month
1,132 Since Feb 12, 2018
Difficult

0%
0%
0%
33%
67%
0%

Photos

Collins River
Feb 13, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN
Icicles over 5 ft long hanging over a trail.
Feb 11, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN
Suter Falls
Feb 13, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN
Collins Gulf
Feb 13, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN
Collins Gulf hike
Feb 13, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN
Collins Gulf
Feb 13, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running