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North & South Old Mac Trail

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 3.9 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A complete loop of the Old Mac Trails at Frozen Head.


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Map Key

8.1

Miles

13.0

KM

Loop

3,301' 1,006 m

High

1,386' 423 m

Low

2,023' 617 m

Up

2,015' 614 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

58%

Max Grade (30°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This route is a central, intermediate loop at Frozen Head State Park and includes the North Old Mac Trail, South Old Mac Trail, Fire Tower Trail, and Old Mac Trail Connector.

Need to Know

Permits are required for the backcountry campsites.

Description

The South Old Mac Trail is the more strenuous portion of this loop (~1800 ft climb over ~2.5 miles) but taking this trail first leaves a nice 3.5-mile descent back to the trailhead over the North Old Mac Trail.

Enjoy the extended climb as you make your way farther and farther out on the South Old Mac Trail. At the end of this trail, there is a jeep trail (Fire Tower Trail) that hikers can take south, which leads up to the fire tower and a nice overlook. The tower is sometimes open to climb, which is a thrill for all hikers. Once you've stopped to admire the views, head north to find the North Old Mac Trail. This gentle descent will lead you back to the trailhead and your car.

There is plenty of water to be had along the way, and quite a few backcountry campsites exist in the state park, though a permit is required to stay the night. Tub Spring is located at the end of a 200-yd spur at the crossing of the jeep road and North & South Old Mac Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Mostly deciduous undergrowth with quite a bit of wildflowers in bloom during early spring.

Contacts

Shared By:

Matt Sloan

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Photos

View from Lookout tower
Apr 15, 2017 near Coalfield, TN
Small creek near South Old Mac Trail
Sep 4, 2016 near Wartburg, TN

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Jun 30, 2019
Matt Milburn
Apr 27, 2019
Matt Milburn
Feb 2, 2019
Christina Peterson
The North side is pretty muddy, especially near the top.
Jan 5, 2019
Josh Read
Pretty muddy
Oct 7, 2018
Kevin & Nikki G
Aug 12, 2018
Christina Peterson
With luna 6mi
Jun 26, 2018
John Keoni Cappiello
Got stuck in a thunderstorm and had to take shelter for an hour. 8.1mi
Aug 20, 2017
Sam Peters