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Hiking: Fiery Gizzard Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Grundy Forest Natural Area near Tracy City, TN   Hike: Hiking: Fiery Gizzard Trail   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 9 2013  10:30 am >> Sat, Mar 9 2013 4:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Feb 7 2013 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 8 2013 9:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Chris L
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Take a Saturday to enjoy 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 very 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 hopefully have some beautiful views.


  • This is NOT a beginner hike.
  • This hike is rated 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.
  • 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.
  • There will be dogs on this hike. You must be comfortable hiking with dogs.



Required Items to Bring:

2 liters of water (I'll have my filter too)

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.
  • Hiking Poles/Stick would be very helpful
  • Rain jacket/poncho
  • Jacket /light sweater for cooler weather

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: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $120.00 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.


Will this event occur rain or shine? No, not in severe weather

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.