Gatlinburg Trails
12/13/2018 10:15:46 AM
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Any one on here from the Gatlinburg area? I am looking to take my xc team up there next summer and am trying to figure out some good trails or dirt roads for running.
Any one on here from the Gatlinburg area? I am looking to take my xc team up there next summer and am trying to figure out some good trails or dirt roads for running.
12/14/2018 1:31:03 PM
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@lfcsumner3 if you are ok with the drive, check out Cades Cove when you go. Its about an hour drive from Gatlinburg on google maps but its only 28 miles. The area has basically 3 loops you can run, 4,8 and 10.5 for some varied distance. Just park at the ranger station and you can start there for the loop. It is pavement but its very scenic, got some moderate hills in parts and dependent on what time you go, limited traffic (going one-way). For a shorter drive, checkout Chestnut trail that starts near the Wye. Here is the link to its trailhead: [url=https://www.google.com/maps/place/Chestnut+Top+Trailhead/@35.6596193,-83.7099624,17z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x885eaecdc0feb227:0x2a3a6057d7dcd861!2sThe+Townsend+Wye!8m2!3d35.659615!4d-83.7077737!3m4!1s0x885eaecd88b6095f:0xea1b2f94cd660e96!8m2!3d35.6604274!4d-83.708976?hl=en&authuser=0]Click Here[/url] It is very challenging in parts but its dirt trails, alot of single-track. Just got to be careful with any run you take up there that you take extra precaution not getting your athletes lost. Its a very big national park and it is not hard to get yourself off of the right trail per se.
@lfcsumner3 if you are ok with the drive, check out Cades Cove when you go. Its about an hour drive from Gatlinburg on google maps but its only 28 miles. The area has basically 3 loops you can run, 4,8 and 10.5 for some varied distance. Just park at the ranger station and you can start there for the loop. It is pavement but its very scenic, got some moderate hills in parts and dependent on what time you go, limited traffic (going one-way). For a shorter drive, checkout Chestnut trail that starts near the Wye. Here is the link to its trailhead: Click Here

It is very challenging in parts but its dirt trails, alot of single-track. Just got to be careful with any run you take up there that you take extra precaution not getting your athletes lost. Its a very big national park and it is not hard to get yourself off of the right trail per se.
12/14/2018 6:16:53 PM
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@utvolxc Thanks for the reply. We normally go to Hiawassee, GA and try to stay on dirt roads as opposed to trails. Simply because it is easier to keep track of the kids and make sure they do not get lost.
@utvolxc Thanks for the reply. We normally go to Hiawassee, GA and try to stay on dirt roads as opposed to trails. Simply because it is easier to keep track of the kids and make sure they do not get lost.
12/14/2018 6:27:42 PM
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@lfcsumner3 I would recommend emailing bobby@knoxvilleendurance.com He’s a HS coach here and runs a lot more trails this direction than I.
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I would recommend emailing bobby@knoxvilleendurance.com

He's a HS coach here and runs a lot more trails this direction than I.
12/17/2018 9:18:24 AM
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BTW looking at your bio, me and Joseph Franklin were teammates at UT and I may have met you at Godby when he took some of us by on our spring break trip to FSU. Ask him about some of those cades cove runs :)
BTW looking at your bio, me and Joseph Franklin were teammates at UT and I may have met you at Godby when he took some of us by on our spring break trip to FSU. Ask him about some of those cades cove runs :)

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