Extreme Canyon Adventure!
Hike Distance: 12 miles
Duration: 12-13 hours
Elevation Gain: 1,460ft.
On this full-day adventure we enjoy a scenic 2 hour drive as we journey southeast of Nashville and deep into the heart of the Cumberland Plateau to the largest state protected wilderness in Tennessee. This is a geologically rich, biodiverse region of middle Tennessee features numerous state parks and natural areas packed with awe inspiring waterfalls, mysterious caves, and breathtaking vistas.
We will hike alongside beautiful creeks, opportunity to see several waterfalls, view an abandoned coal mine, amazing rock formations, clifftop canyon views, and a Continental Trail Wreck! That's right! We get to see up close and in-person the result of when two continental plates collided some 270 million years ago. How cool is that!?
This is a 12 mile hike alongside beautifully pristine creeks. Relaxing sounds of flowing rapids and birds fill the air as we enjoy our day hiking in one of the best nature preserves in Tennessee. Along with all the inspiring water works, you will enjoy the stunning rock formations and spectacular views.
Worth noting: this trail is rated as one of Backpacker Magazine's Top 25 hikes in the U.S.!!
Warning: This is a canyon hike - meaning most of the elevation gain doesn't kick in until around mile 5. During this 0.8 mile climb to the top of the canyon, we will encounter grades up to 55%.
Roundtrip ground transportation originating in Nashville, TN
Lite snacks, bottled water, and lunch
Certified Wilderness First Aid Medic
Park fees and transportation within the parks
Emergency rain ponchos
Loaner trekking poles and backpacks
What to Bring
Any personal snacks and/or non-alcoholic beverages
Sturdy, closed toe shoes
Not wheelchair accessible
This trail features sections that can be rocky, steep and/or slippery. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are required.
Tennessee weather tends to be unpredictable this tour operates rain or shine (excluding severe weather) so please be prepared accordingly.
Travelers should have at least a moderate physical fitness level.
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Not recommended for travelers with heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Must be in good physical condition, able to climb over downed trees, walk on uneven surfaces and climb in elevation.