Collins W Access Trail

South Cumberland Recreation Area, Tennessee

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Collins W Access Trail is a hiking trail in Grundy County, Tennessee. It is within South Cumberland Recreation Area. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 1,863 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 164 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near the West Collins camp site.
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Collins W Access Trail is a hiking trail in Grundy County, Tennessee. It is within South Cumberland Recreation Area. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 1,863 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 164 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near the West Collins camp site. This trail connects with the following: Collins Rim Trail and Collins Gulf Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: South Cumberland Recreation Area
Distance: 0.4
Elevation Gain: 164 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,863 feet
Top Elevation: 1,863 feet
Parks: South Cumberland Recreation Area
Elevation Min/Max: 1744/1863 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1863/1863 ft

Collins W Access Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The 9.9-mile Collins Gulf Trail and the 1.6-mile Stagecoach Road Historic Trail combine with a short piece of the Connector Trail to make one of the most fascinating loop hikes on the South Cumberland, with numerous overlooks and waterfalls, including Suter Falls.

This spreading waterfall, the cascading creek, and the massive rock walls of the gorge around Suter Falls make this setting one of the true spectacles of the Southeast. Camping is available at the Collins West Camp Area, Sawmill Camp Area, and Collins East Camp Area. The Stagecoach Road Historic Trail follows the old route of the Stagecoach Road that ran from McMinnville to Chattanooga. Construction of the road began in 1830 and depended heavily on slave labor. The old roadbed, with its rock walls and stone cribbing, is on the National Register of Historic Places."

Collins W Access Trail Reviews

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2/20/2009
This is a great loop but it is quite challenging. Lots of rocks and boulder hoping. I wasn't expecting the boulder field between Collins East and Collins West. I recommend doing it counter-clockwise so that the second day is your short day. The hike from Sawmill to Suter Falls is absolutely beautiful. I had rain, freezing rain, then snow during my 1.5 day solo, but the snow made the gulf amazing. Be really careful around the overhang at Suter Falls in the winter. Ice is heavy and dangerous at this point. I am a big Savage Gulf fan and this is one of my favorite hikes.
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3/27/2007
Excellent Hike. Well maintained trials. From East Collins to Sawmill fairly easy.From Sawmill to Dinky Line, Beautiful and breath taking, just before Hobbs Cabin, fairly difficult climb on the Connector Trail. From Dinky line camp site to Sawmill smooth. A little spooky at night with the wind blowing through the trees at Sawmill! However, "Don't miss the Great Overlook view at Sawmill Campsite". (3 Nights and 4 days) With a 7 year old and 9 year old. If they can do it you can! Don't miss the gorge trails. Best so far in Tennessee! Plan to do again in the Fall.
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