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A trail that allows the hiker to experience forest, field, and pond habitats where birds can be watched.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

1,071' 327 m

High

902' 275 m

Low

193' 59 m

Up

175' 53 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily. They close the gate in the evening and will ticket cars left in the lot, so make sure you are out at sunset.

Need to Know

The only restrooms located in the park are at the Bluebird Barn at the entrance of the park. There is not a proper visitor center, so there is no place to buy snacks or drinks. The trail to Seven Islands Loop Trail is exposed, so wear proper sun protection.

Description

The Upland Trail Inner Loop can either be done counterclockwise from the Bluebird Barn, which has a longer climb uphill or can be accessed by hiking down the Bobwhite Accessible Trail to the Seven Islands Loop Trail and take a right and hike about 0.15 miles to the trailhead, which is how this will be described. From the Seven Islands Loop Trail junction, the trail climbs steeply up the ridge line.

The trail is a narrow, dirt singletrack that weaves through the trees and climbs above the river. After a tenth of a mile, you arrive at the junction with the Upland Trail Outer Loop and the Inner Loop breaks off to the right. The trail widens at this point to a wide, grass trail that is cut into the fields. There are nice views of surrounding countryside along this part of the trail. The trail arrives at a fork and breaks to the left as it approaches a pond where there is a platform for bird watching. After enjoying the views at the pond, follow the trail as it climbs gently uphill to the junction with the Upland Trail Outer Loop.

The trail continues to the right and follows the boundary of the park and you get some nice views of the French Broad River and the surrounding mountains. At roughly 3/4 of a mile, the trail breaks to the right and descends toward the the Bluebird Barn. There are some nice views of the barn and mountains as you approach the end of the trail. When you get to the end of the trail, you can turn to the left and head back to the parking lot or explore other areas of the park.

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Shared By:

David Hitchcock

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Along the trail, there is a platform where you can enjoy views of the pond and the birds that call that habitat home.
Oct 30, 2023 near Seymour, TN
The Kelly Lane Greenway is a road that passes the Bluebird barn and borders woods on the left.
Nov 11, 2023 near Seymour, TN
As the trail descends the hillside, you get a good view of the Bluebird Barn.
Oct 30, 2023 near Seymour, TN
Great vistas of the Smokies.
Dec 29, 2020 near Seymour, TN
There are views of the French Broad, Chilhowee Mountain, and the Great Smoky Mountains from the trail.
Oct 30, 2023 near Seymour, TN
The trail crosses the road and climbs a short set of stairs as it enters the woods.
Oct 30, 2023 near Seymour, TN

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