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Rabbit Creek Trail

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A good challenge for novice to expert hikers with beautiful views the entire length.


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Map Key

7.9

Miles

12.7

KM

Point to Point

2,332' 711 m

High

1,100' 335 m

Low

1,297' 395 m

Up

1,888' 575 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Your hike begins with a water crossing (Mill Creek), so don't put your shoes on just yet from the Cades Cove parking area. Once past this crossing, the trail is set on a mountain crossing all below 2,400 feet but moves quickly upwards toward Coon Butt Mtn. The descent out of the mountain heads toward campsite #15 which is a nice site if you are staying the night. Look around before you choose your home for the night as there is one site right on the water and one further up into the woods. This is a good place to fill up your water supplies.

To continue on, you'll need to cross this creek and the best place to cross is directly in line with the trail across the creek (too deep for boots/shoes). Once back on the trail, you'll climb up Pine Mountain up to about 2,200 feet. The top is the only place where we were able to get a cell signal (with grand views once on top). The descent is fairly steep so pay attention. The bridge crossing is out over Abrams Creek so the safest place to cross this is again right across from the trail on the other side. The water can be swift so you may want to start down a bit further to end at the trail. You can end here or continue the loop. Little Bottoms Campsite #17 is another well-groomed, very popular location, so privacy is fairly non-existent.

Flora & Fauna

Bears have been sighted in the area.

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Shared By:

Mike Fuller

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 3 votes

#9

in Cades Cove

#22616

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  3.7 from 3 votes
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#9

in Cades Cove

#429

in North Carolina

#22,616

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Photos

Rhododendron blooms as you hike the trail in June.
Jan 23, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Cades Cove. with permission from Justin P
Aug 4, 2016 near Wildwood, TN
Deer quench their thirst in a tributary of Mill Creek.
Mar 14, 2017 near Wildwood, TN
Start of the trail! Heavily trafficked, nicely maintained.
Oct 22, 2019 near Wildwood, TN
Down to the Ranger Station.
Apr 26, 2016 near Wildwood, TN

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Jun 15, 2021
Zachary Troyer
2.8mi
Jul 13, 2019
Sharon Spezia
Jul 6, 2019
Justin Marion
Apr 27, 2019
Brian Carpenter
Started at Abrams Creek Campground. 2 big climbs and some quick downhills. Part of a loop with Abrams Falls and Hannah Mtn 7.9mi
Jan 8, 2019
Robert McDaniel
Jan 18, 2018
C Michael
The foot bridge shown on many maps near the Abrams Ranger station trailhead is no longer there...had to walk across three streams on this trail. 17mi
Feb 15, 2016
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