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Cane Creek Trail



2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 63' 19 m
Descent: -383' -117 m
High: 1,554' 474 m
Low: 1,230' 375 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)


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Trail shared by David Hitchcock

An easy hike along Cane Creek past the Buchanan Cemetery to the park boundary.

David Hitchcock

Features River/Creek · Wildflowers

Closed when the Abrams Creek Ranger Station and Campground are closed. For park road conditions, information can be found at twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps or by calling (865) 436-1200 and dialing extension 2, 2.


The trailhead is 3.0 miles from the Abrams Creek Campground and ranger station.

The trail descends from the junction with the Cooper Road Trail into the Cane Creek Bottoms, an area that can be very wet and muddy if there has been rain recently. The old farmland is being reclaimed by the forest at this point. Around mile 0.6, Campsite #2 comes in to view. The trail crosses Cane Creek several times, which in dry weather is relatively easy via rock hops. However, wading may be required if the creeks are up due to recent rainfall.

At 1.3 miles, the trail passes Buchanan cemetery, which sits on a rise above the trail. At this point, the trail narrows for the final half-mile as it approaches the park boundary at 2.1 miles. The trail ends at the boundary (it's private property beyond the park), where you can turn around and return via the path you traveled.

More information on this trail and others can be found in Hiking Trails of the Smokies.

Flora & Fauna

Frogs and other amphibians can be found in the wetlands here.


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May 8, 2019
Bruce Blaum
Very wet. Further along creeks a little high and progressively overgrown Not current signs of recent campers or traffic
Apr 27, 2017
Chadwick Conner
Jan 29, 2016
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There are areas of the trail that can be particularly wet, especially after a rain. Here, you can see where the trail essentially is a creek.
Apr 18, 2018 near Wildwood, TN
The trail is well covered with shade, especially through areas with thick rhododendron.
Apr 18, 2018 near Maryville, TN
Flowers can be seen blooming along the trail in the spring.
Apr 18, 2018 near Wildwood, TN
A small cemetery where the Buchanan family is buried can be found just off to the side of the trail.
Apr 18, 2018 near Wildwood, TN
One fire ring, but good flowing creek on both sides of camp site.  Plenty of dead wood for fire.
Apr 3, 2018 near Maryville, TN
The Cooper Road Trail breaks off to the right and climbs the hill seen here while the Cane Creek Trail goes straight ahead.
Apr 18, 2018 near Maryville, TN