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Ritchie Hollow Trail

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 5.0 (2)

Great trail from near the Tennessee River up to the top of Prentice Cooper State Park.


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2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

79%

Runnable

1,884' 574 m

High

720' 220 m

Low

1,209' 369 m

Up

81' 25 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildlife

The trail closes when the Prentice Cooper State Park is closed for hunting dates.

Need to Know

Free parking. No bathrooms at the Pot Point cabin trailhead, but there are pit toilets at the Davis Pond campsite.

Runner Notes

Mostly sandy trail with some rocks and roots.

Description

This blue-blazed trail begins near the Tennessee River behind the TRGT Pot Point cabin and winds up the mountain to end at Davis Pond Camp Site in Prentice Cooper State Park. The trail has a very short spur to Blowing Wind Falls. There are multiple creek crossings -- many are seasonal, a few are not. Most creek crossings have rocks available so feet don't get wet. If you go after heavy rains, this may not be true. There is a sharp 90-degree left turn after the creek crossing 2.4 miles in from the trailhead at Pot Point cabin. I missed this the first time since there's an older access trail that continues straight.

Creek crossing and small waterfall at 0.2 miles from trailhead.
Creek crossing at 0.5 miles.
Creek crossing at 0.6 miles.
Blowing Wind Falls spur at 1.5 miles (less than 0.1 miles round-trip).
Creek crossing at 1.6 miles.
Creek crossing at 1.8 miles.
Pot Point Loop trail intersection (white blaze) at 2.2 miles.
Creek crossing at 2.4 miles.

Flora & Fauna

Normal southeastern Tennessee plants such as poison ivy and wild blackberry. The trail does go through a beautiful old growth forest near the summit. Birds and small mammals can be seen.

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Shared By:

Kate Miller

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Blowing Wind Falls
Aug 31, 2019 near Signal…, TN

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