Big South Fork NRRA -Honey Creek Loop Trail  

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Author: MtneerInTN
Date: 31 May 2012 6:06:45 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Tennessee (TN)
Distance: 4.61 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2037 ft
Total Loss: 2037 ft
Net Change: 0 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
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Knoxville, Tennessee Area - Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. The Honey Creek Loop is probably the most beautiful, and strenuous hike in the area. This 5.5 mile trail will lead you through rhodedendron, and past many Indian rock shelters, sheer cliffs, overhangs, huge old hemlocks, stream crossings, class III and IV rapids on the South Fork River, and a magnificent river valley overlook. With adequate rain, falls with names like Moonshine, Honey Creek, Hideout, and Boulder House will manifest themselves. Scramble over, under, and between boulders, some the size of a house. Mileage: 5.5 UTM Zone: 16S USGS: Honey Creek Map Datum: NAD27 Rating: Strenuous To Trailhead: From exit 141 on I-75, take Hwy 63 west to U.S. 27. (While Burnt Mill Bridge is being replaced) Go south 6.8 mi. and R on Hwy 52. Go 13.5 mi. west. Rt. on Mt. Helen road. 5 mi. and left on old Mt. Helen. 3.6 mi. and left on Honey Creek Loop. Keep left 2 mi. Trailhead parking on left.

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Distance: 4.61 mi Points: 446
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Points of Interest

Wpt 1

Location: 36.421459, -84.651398 Altitude: 464
0.0 Trailhead. Sign register and begin here.

Wpt 2

Location: 36.421261, -84.649902 Altitude:
0.1 Intersection with trail south to Burn Mill Bridge Loop. Stay left as trail meanders gradually toward the creek, then descends past rock houses, and stream crossings.

Wpt 3

Location: 36.430653, -84.646828 Altitude: 371
1.6 Intersection. Turn left to access the overlook. Main trail turns right, and descends to the river.

Wpt 4

Location: 36.431381, -84.647125 Altitude: 351
1.7 Climb three steep ladders to the overlook.

Wpt 5

Location: 36.431293, -84.647339 Altitude: 346
1.7 Look over the northward flow of the South Fork River. Canoes or kayaks may be visible. Use gravel road as shortcut back to trailhead if necessary. Return to Wpt 3 and turn left on the main trail down to the river.

Wpt 6

Location: 36.432793, -84.656609 Altitude: 349
2.7 Indian Rock House. Climb the ladder to explore. Crawl through the tunnel, or skylight to the other side.

Wpt 7

Location: 36.429005, -84.654617 Altitude: 350
3.4 Junction with Tree Top Rock trail. Stay left up the hill.

Wpt 8

Location: 36.427773, -84.653992 Altitude: 354
3.6 Left on side trail to the base of Ice Castle Falls. Right and up the hill to continue.

Wpt 9

Location: 36.426735, -84.655663 Altitude: 365
4.3 Intersection with Honey Creek Falls spur. Stay right and continue.

Wpt 10

Location: 36.421280, -84.651848 Altitude: 437
5.5 Parking area.

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