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South Old Mac Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (5)

A low-intensity, day-use trail, good for transitioning from beginner to intermediate hikes.


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Point to Point

3,045' 928 m

High

1,384' 422 m

Low

1,661' 506 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Wide, safe, and well-maintained trail. Easy to follow blazes.

Description

This trail is a nice, well-marked trail with plenty of wildflowers in the spring. Quite a few people use this trail as part of a bigger loop when hiking to the observation tower and tub springs. The creek/river runs alongside most of the trail, which makes for pleasant ambiance along the way. On the way out, visitors will enjoy a steady climb, which eventually culminates at the Tub Springs campsites.

Flora & Fauna

There are too many to list but here are the May - June Wildflowers:
Black Snakeroot, Blue Eyed Grass, Bowman’s Root, Canada Lily, Carrion Flower, Cross-Vine, Daisies, Fleabane, Dutchman’s Pipe-vine, Galax – Galax aphylla, Ginseng, Greenbrier, Hawkweed, Heat’s-a-Bustin, Hispid Buttercup, Indian Cucumber, Indian Pipe, Lion’s Feet, Lyre-leaved Sage, Miterwort, Patridgeberry, Pipsissewa, Pussy-Toes, Queen Anne’s Lace, Ramps (wild onions), Robin Plantain, Showy Orchis, Southern Harebel, Starflower, Stone Crop, Trumpet Creeper, Twayblade, Wild Comfrey, Wild Hydrangea, Wild Lettuce, Wild Yam, Yellow Star-grass.

Contacts

Local Club: Midlife Hiking Club

Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks

Shared By:

James Smith

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  4.0 from 5 votes

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#157

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#8,758

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Small creek near South Old Mac Trail
Sep 4, 2016 near Wartburg, TN

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Mar 22, 2019
Justin Harmon
Jun 26, 2018
John Keoni Cappiello
Got stuck in a thunderstorm and had to take shelter for an hour. 3.1mi
Apr 16, 2017
Wes Bunch
South Old Mac-Lookout Tower-South Old Mac-Judge Branch 7.5mi
Oct 5, 2016
Pattrick Calderoni
Looped back from spicewood branch 7.1mi
Sep 10, 2016
Trisha Lyons
Tanya & Ember 5mi