ElevationAscent: 107' 33 m
Descent: -100' -31 m
High: 1,075' 328 m
Low: 1,013' 309 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“An ivy-lined trail along the southern edge of the woods.”— Austin Schreiner
Leave No Trace: carry out what you carry in
Pets must be on a leash at all times
Stay on existing trails
The MCW is an alcohol/drug/smoke free area
Bicycles are permitted in designated areas only
Groups must inquire about usage
Collection of any resource (unless authorized)
Motorized vehicles (unless authorized)
After about a quarter mile, the trail crosses the entrance road to the RT Lodge. Just head straight across the pavement. The trail is very easy to pick back up on the other side.
At this point, you'll start to notice the English Ivy taking over everything. It is a non-native, invasive species. While not harmful to existing trees, it does prevent the growth of new trees. The rumor is that the college originally planted the ivy to cover a trash pile and now it has spread throughout the woods, although a more likely scenario is that it was simply planted around one of the buildings in the early 1900s. Despite it's origins, the ivy provides a beautiful change of scenery from the East Tennessee norm. It's especially nice in the fall, giving a wonderful contrast against the changing leaves.
When you reach the end, head directly across the road to pick up Log Bridge Trail.