May 26, 2018

Favorite Hikes and Things To Do in Cosby TN

The Cosby Section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of our favorites and here is why:

  • Mt Cammerer Fire Tower (11 miles round trip):  The most difficult part of your journey to the fire tower will be the hike up the Appalachian Trail where you take on a 2,000 feet of altitude gain in 2.9 miles.  The trail then levels off until you reach the breathtaking views from the fire tower. This is one of our absolutely favorite views in the entire park!  Not many view points will offer you a 360 degree view from 4928 foot elevation.  Simply beautiful and worth every minute of the journey to get there!

  • Sutton Ridge Overlook (3 miles round trip):  This hike is ideal for families and ends with an amazing view of the National Park. An easy 1.4 mile hike takes you through old growth forest and over gorgeous mountain streams to an amazing lookout point.  The views of the Smoky Mountains are spectacular. Bring a lunch and a book, and just take it all in!

  • Hen Wallow Falls (4 miles round trip):  Hen Wallow Falls is a popular day hike that takes you through a lush old growth forest on a moderate hike up to a beautiful 90 foot waterfall.  Insider's secret: There is a cave to the right of the falls.

  • The Cosby Nature Trail (1 mile loop):  This is such a sweet spot to teach the kids about nature.  The National Park Service has created a Guide that shows you many points of interest along the trail.  Pick up a guide at the parking lot, and enjoy the fun!

  • The beautiful Cosby Creek runs along the Park road throughout this section of the National Park.  There are many spots to pull off to enjoy the creek.  Bring a chair and book, dip your feet in, skip stones, pan for gold, or go fishing.  Sit back and listen to the relaxing sounds!

Other things to do in Cosby:

  • Have BBQ & dessert in a school bus restaurant and hop out to an antique village.  Doc's 321 Café and Marketplace is a new arrival in town. They also just added a farmers market.  https://www.docs321cafe.com/
  • Antique and craft stores.  All along 321 and 32 are local crafts and antiquing stores.
  • The Foothills Parkway.  Enough said - it's simply gorgeous!
  • Fishing in Cosby Creek.