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Fiery Gizzard

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Grundy Forest Natural Area near Tracy City, TN   Hike: Fiery Gizzard  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Aug 16 2022  9:00 am >> Tue, Aug 16 2022 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sun, Aug 14 2022 8:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Aug 15 2022 9:30 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:11.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
Gary 'L'
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Special thanks to Ronny J (via Eric P) for the route of this classic hike.

This 11.4-mile loop trail near Tracy City, Tennessee. Generally is considered a challenging route. Although the mileage is just in to D5 territory and the elevation not scary, please note it is very rocky and has some steep climbs. Classified as challenging by All Trails means this hike earns every step of its D5 rating. Consider trekking poles due to the terrain. 

This trail located in Grundy Forest State Natural Area at South Cumberland State Park offers spectacular views of rock formations, cascading streams, waterfalls, rocky gorges, panoramic overlooks and lush woodland. Along the route will pass Blue Hole Falls, Black Canyon and Falls, Chimney Rocks, Sycamore Falls, the Fruit Bowl, Foster Falls, Raven Point Vista, Flat Rock Overlook, Werner Point Overlook, Yellow Pine Cascade , Dog Hole Mine and Hanes Hole Falls.

Bringing your water shoes is highly recommended for creek crossings, even though we may be able to rock hop. They also double up as a handy accessory if you want to cool off in the water. and not slip and fall. We have allocated plenty of time for lunch and to see the sights, take pictures and enjoy the water. We may finish early.

Basic Map of the area: content/so-cumberland-fiery-gizzard-map.pdf

Trail Map:


If we find ourselves finishing early and wanting more, there is the option of another short but beautifil trail just down the road. We can decide on the day if we want to add the extra hike below. 


This is a very difficult trail - be prepared and bring plenty of water. Although dogs are allowed to use this trail, we do not think it wise. The rock scrambling can be quite difficult for them. The rockiness of the gorge area and the amount of down trees can be a challenge. 

Required Items to Bring:

Water Shoes






Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Hiking poles

Sunscreen and hat. 

Extra clothes/shoes for the ride home


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

In google maps or waze you can search for

Fiery Gizzard Recreation Area

131 Fiery Gizzard Rd, Tracy City, TN 37387


Click here for Trailhead location


Click here for second parking spot near Foster Falls (if we do this)

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):274Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $109.60 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


its a long drive, but well worth it.  All times listed are in the EASTERN time zone. The hike is in the CENTRAL time zone.


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