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Fiery Gizzard Trail, Tennessee

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The Fiery Gizzard Trail runs from Tracy City, Tennessee to Foster Falls in Marion County, Tennessee. It is renowned for its beauty and diversity, cited by Backpacker magazine as one of the top 25 hiking trails in the United States. The 12.5mi trail offers scenic views, waterfalls, rock formations, and hemlock trees over 200 years old.The trail follows Fiery Gizzard Creek for a time, then ascends 500ft to Raven Point which offers a "spectacular overlook." From there, the trail runs along the canyon rim to Foster Falls.The trail is part of the South Cumberland State Park.HistoryVarious legends explain how the Fiery Gizzard creek, and thereby the trail alongside it, might have gotten its name. One suggests that, while eating a turkey at his camp along the creek, Davy Crockett burned his tongue on a gizzard and spit it into the gorge. Another holds that an Indian chief threw a turkey gizzard into the fire to get the attention of Europeans at a peace conference.A historical marker near the Tracy City terminus recalls a "crude experimental blast furnace" built by Tennessee Coal and Railroad Company in the 1870s to determine if the coal could produce iron. The furnace, called "Fiery Gizzard," burned for three days, producing "only" 15ST, then the stovepipe collapsed.In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) company 1475 established camp near Tracy City where they dug several lakes and worked to prevent forest fires in the surrounding area. The CCC made improvements to the Fiery Gizzard Trail by building steps near the Fruit Bowl rock feature. They also built a pump house above the Blue Hole.
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  • Had a list of places to hike and stumbled upon this trail while deciding on the next day of hiking. This place did not disappoint!  more »
  • It was a perfect Fall day for a hike. The trailhead was pretty easy to find. The trail itself it somewhat strenuous so make sure you have sturdy boots with really good traction. There are several area...  more »

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