The Fiery Gizzard Trail is a 13-mile hike that crosses what may be some of Tennessee's best scenery (South Cumberland State Park on the Cumberland Plateau). There are plenty of waterfalls and streams, and several viewpoints offer fantastic valley views below.
There are numerous rock fields on the Grundy side and plenty of bluff views on the foster falls side. 12.5 miles from one to the other with many waterfalls and challenging inclines. And foster falls pool makes a great end point for swimming or soaking tired feet.
During the last 2 or 3 miles, there was some pretty strenuous climbing through rocks and boulders. After that, you have to climb up a gorge back to the top of the mountain (pretty much straight up rocks and boulders). It was tough, but totally doable! We hiked an estimated 14.6 miles (with the trip to Raven’s Point Overlook and additional stops and detours) and it took us from around 10am to about 6pm (8 hours). We stopped a lot to take in the scenery and rest, but we made pretty good time as large portions of the trail were relatively flat. This was a beautiful trail, and we had a great time! It definitely tested our limits, but we loved every second. If you’re in pretty good shape, this will be no problem.
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