Hiking Project Logo

Collins Gulf Trail

Difficult
 4.7 (3)

A beautiful trail following the Collins River.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

Point to Point

1,776' 541 m

High

1,077' 328 m

Low

865' 264 m

Up

171' 52 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall

Description

This trail is wonderful. The majority of it is nice and winding and follows the Collins River; at times it can prove quite challenging.

If you are coming from the Connector Trail as we did, the first several miles are pretty easy. They are easily marked and easily traveled. Around half a mile in, you come to a short spur trail leading to Schwoon Spring; here you can get more water. The trail leading to the spring isn't difficult but it does climb the entire way. This was a nice stopping point for lunch. The next 2 miles are fairly average and easy. Along the way here, you'll pass Fall Creek Sink and Horsepound Falls, both of which make for beautiful sights.

Just after passing Horsepound Falls, you basically begin your ascent for the last mile or so before reaching the end of the trail that connects you to the Collins West Camp Access Trail. This last portion of the hike can prove quite challenging. There are several switchbacks that climb pretty quickly. There is some rocky terrain next which is fun to cross; if these areas are wet or icy, it can be quite dangerous. Along this portion, the trail is very narrow at times, so be mindful not to take a wrong step (it is a long way down).

At the very end of this trail (or beginning from Collins West Camp Access Trail), you'll pass Suter Falls. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the beautiful views and multiple picture opportunities. From here, you hike along the rock shelf under the bluff taking you toward the parking lot. This last portion can be quite steep.

Contacts

Shared By:

Daniel Ray

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 3 votes

#6369

Overall
  4.7 from 3 votes
5 Star
67%
4 Star
33%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#118

in Tennessee

#6,369

Overall
31 Views Last Month
1,724 Since Feb 12, 2018
Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
100%
0%

Photos

Collins River
Feb 13, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN
Collins Gulf hike
Feb 13, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN
Icicles over 5 ft long hanging over a trail.
Feb 11, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN
Collins Gulf
Feb 13, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN
Suter Falls
Feb 13, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN
Collins Gulf
Feb 13, 2018 near Gruetli…, TN

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Oct 7, 2018
Brett Alden
3.9mi
Jun 28, 2018
PJ Scott
Spent all day doing this hike with my brothers. Did a loop from Collins to Rim trail back through Stagecoach. So many amazing places to explore! 15mi
Apr 28, 2018
Katie S
5mi