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blue Hazard Cave Trail

Trail

1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 169' 52 m
Descent: -188' -57 m
High: 1,704' 520 m
Low: 1,538' 469 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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This is a forest trail to a unique cave, beautiful gorge, and naturally sculpted limestone walls.

Charles Pulse

Features Cave · River/Creek · Views

Description

The trail is easily reached and well marked. Although this is a loop trail, both ends of the trail are accessed from the Lake View Trail trailhead which is located just southwest of the parking area for the picnic/camping facilities of the park.

After a short distance on the Lake View Trail, the intersection of the Hazard Cave Trail is reached. It peels off to the left and continues through a hard wood and pine forest that is filled with rhododendrons. The trail is a gradual uphill for the first .5 miles. At that point a set of concrete steps brings the trail to the foot of a limestone bluff. Here, erosion of the bluff wall has created a unique and beautiful geological attraction. Here also, the trail becomes a man-made wooden walkway which is there to protect a growth of delicate and endangered Cumberland sandwort. Please stay on the walkway.

Hazard Cave is reached at the .8 mile mark. This is a great place to have a snack or drink of water while admiring the interesting patterns in the ceiling of the cave. From the cave, the trail goes downhill to a beautiful tight gorge with a stream flowing through on its way to Thompson Creek. The trail then emerges to intersect with the Ridge Trail. A right turn on the Ridge Trail leads to the Lake View Trail where another right leads back to parking area for the picnic/camping facilities.

The Hazard Cave Trail connects to the Natural Bridge Trail, the Lake View Trail, and the Lake Trail. By combining the four trails, a loop of about 5 miles is created. This combined route wanders by a variety of sights, including a natural bridge, beautiful Hazard Cave, many marvelous limestone wall formations, creeks, canyons and finally Arch Lake. If you would like a good 5 mile route with a variety of views, sights and solitude, this trail is recommended.

Flora & Fauna

You'll find rhododendrons, pine tree, various hardwood trees, Cumberland sandwort, mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), Magnolia Trees, reindeer lichen (Cladonia subtenuis), and british soldier lichen (Cladonia cristatella).

Contacts

Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks

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Justin Swann
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