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Fiery Gizzard Trail - Grundy Forest Natural Area

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Grundy Forest Natural Area near Tracy City, TN
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jun 24 2012  7:45 am >> Sun, Jun 24 2012 7:45 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jun 21 2012 1:12 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jun 23 2012 4:28 pm
Event Duration:~12 Hours including drive time and dinner
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 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.


Credits: Thanks to Paula S and Chris B for letting me borrow their great event description and photos for this posting!

Come join us for a very unique trail in the beautiful South Cumberland Recreation Area near Tracy City, TN. For the most part this is a loop trail with a total of 10 1/2 miles roundtrip hiking.

We'll be hiking part of the Fiery Gizzard Trail and starting at the northern trailhead of Grundy Forest State Natural Area. The trail features many waterfalls, cascading streams, gentle slopes, lush woodlands, spectacular rock formations, extremely rocky gorges, and even a small cave opening. We'll have an arduous climb before reaching a natural sandstone bridge and a short hike to Raven Point. Raven point is where we will stop for lunch and have some beautiful views.

After the hike we will be stopping for casual BBQ on the south side of Chattanooga at Sugar's Ribs.


  • This is NOTa beginner hike.
  • I'm considering this hike to be in the higher range of a D4, which is a moderately difficult hike. The terrain is diverse, so please make sure you are in good physical condition. We'll be keeping a good moderate pace, but also taking time to explore because there is a lot to see on this trail.
  • Again, please make sure you are in good physical condition and have hiked an 8 to 10 mile moderately difficult hike in the past month or so.
  • If you have bad knees, issues hiking downhill or stepping down on rocks for long periods of time, then this is not the hike for you. We'll be hiking through an extremely rocky gorge part of the hike. The rocks can be very slippery, wet and unstable and need to be hiked with caution.


Required Items to Bring:
  • 2-3 liters of water
  • Lunch
  • Trail Snacks
  • Good hiking boots/shoes (No Tennis Shoes or Sneakers !)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellant
  • Hiking poles if you like to use them

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Driving Directions: Grundy Forest State Natural Area in Tracy City, TN •From Chastain Road Park and Ride lot, take I-75 N. •Get off on exit 333 (Dalton) for restroom stop at McDonalds on the right. •Continue I-75 N into Chattanooga •Take I-24 West to exit 135 (Monteagle) •Go North on U.S. 64/41 and at .6 mi. take 41 S. •We should pass the South Cumberland Visitor Center. •Drive 2.3 miles past Visitor Center to Third Street and turn right. You should see signs for Grundy Forest State Natural Area. We’ll be parking in the Day use picnic area and day loop hiking. There are restroom facilities at the parking area.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):300Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $120.00 (calculated at total miles (300) * $0.400, effective Monday, April 24, 2017). This is based on the current gas, maintenance, and other costs of $0.400 per mile as stated by the IRS & This should be divided by the total number of people in the vehicle (incl driver).
For example: With 4 people in the vehicle, the expense per person on this trip would be $30.00. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.

Additional advice: The cost of your trip is up to your driver. Your cost should not be greater than what is listed above, unless there is extenuating circumstances. If you want to be sure about the cost of the trip, check with your driver before you get into the vehicle. If you are the driver of the vehicle, this is a guideline to what you charge and not a rule.


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