Some of the best hiking in the United States can be found along the Appalachian Mountain Range that stretches from New York to Mississippi. In East Tennessee, Cosby is a small suburb of Sevier County and sits below the Pigeon River in the Foothills of the Smoky Mountains. And if you are looking for a unique experience, our glamping domes provide the perfect spot to stay when exploring the most visited national park in the country, Smoky Mountains National Park. But how close are the hikes and are there any less popular hikes in the area?! Here are 5 Hikes You Need to Try Near Cosby Tennessee on your next adventure vacation.
Wishing Bridge at Firefox Mountain Adventure Park
If you follow us on TikTok, you may have seen the viral video about the wishing bridge in the Smokies. At Firefox Mountain Adventure Park, you can take a hike across their Bridge of Prospertity to the “Whispering Winds Coverage Bridge” where there are thousands of wishes blowing on the winds of prosperity. The hike will take you past Lost Mine Falls and if you go to the top of the falls, you will find more swinging bridges and loads of adventure.
After your hike, head down to their cidery, try your luck on their rock climbing wall, or let the kids run and play on their grounds. It is a great place to take the kids to explore easy hiking and loads of family fun.
Gabes Mountain Trail
Find your way to the Cosby Campgrounds and begin your 4.4 mile trek up towards Hen Hallow Falls. The trail’s name is Gabes Mountain Trail and is considered moderately difficult because of its 555 foot elevation gain. However, there are plenty of places to pull off and take in the different points of interest including bridges, wading pools, and rock formations. Most hikers do the in and out hike but there are more options to continue up the mountain on Maddron Bald Trail. Plan to spend around 3-4 hours doing this hike.
Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower
Mount Cammerer Lookout Tower Trail is for our EXPERT hikers. At 11 miles in and out with over 3000 feet of elevation gain, this strenous hike takes you along the historic Appalacian tail taken by the settlers in the area. To begin the 6 tp 8 hour trek up to the tower, find the Low Gap Trail in the Cosby Campground near the creek. The first three miles include an up hill climb over uneven roots and rocks, transversing more than 2000 feet up.
Make sure to leave enough time in your schedule for exploring the Lookout Tower at the top and stoping along the way for the different features along the trail. Enjoy breathtaking views od the Toms Creek Valley below and short side trail to the summit of Mount Cammerer. At the lookout Tower (built around 1930’s for the park service to survey for wild fires), you will enjoy the view you came on this trip for. Stay for a while and watch the clouds roll by below you.
Cosby Nature Trail
Not the expert hiker?! No worries we have a hike for you too. The Cosby Nature Trail, just a few minutes from GLAMP, is a 1.2 mile hike that takes you from the campgrounds through a lush forest along a stream. Stroll through at your leisure since this trail will take you less than 45 minutes to explore. Great for a morning walk after a coffee at the domes.
Private Hiking Trails
At GLAMP, we have our own private hiking trail that leads up the ridge behind Dome 7, Futher Up the Road. The steep incline leads up to an epic tree lined vista over the Foothills Parkway valley and surrounding Cosby TN. It is most epic at sunrise and sunset. So don’t forget to to pack your hiking boots on your adventure.
If you have checked out any of these places, tag us in your content on Instagram! If not, add these 5 Hikes You Need to Try Near Cosby Tennessee to your bucket list. GLAMPing is for everyone and we welcome anyone who loves being in the outdoors, exploring nature, and true appreciation for the cosmos. Check out our glamping domes here and make sure to message us with any questions you may have before booking. Our FAQ’s page is super helpful too…. See you out there!