The Fiery Gizzard Trail is a 13-mile hike that travels across what is arguably some of the best scenery in Tennessee. Waterfalls and streams abound, and several vantage points offer fantastic views of the valley below.
The trail is accessible from two trailheads: One is near Tracy City, and the other at Foster Falls. It is 13 miles one way, so plan ahead and figure out a shuttle or make it an overnight trip by staying at one of the several available campgrounds. There is one backcountry campground near the Tracy City Trailhead, and there are three campgrounds (two backcountry, one frontcountry) near the Foster Falls Trailhead. If you will be camping, please know that reservations are required and can be made here.
Starting from the northern Tracy City Trailhead, the trail begins as the Grundy Forest Day Loop. After less than a mile you’ll arrive at the official start of the Fiery Gizzard. The trail follows a stream until the next junction. Here you’ll have the choice of continuing to follow the stream or taking the Dog Hole Trail and following the ridge top. Following the ridge top makes for a much easier hike, as the Fiery Gizzard Trail along the creek is extremely rocky and tough going.
The next junction offers the opportunity for a 0.4-mile side trip to Raven’s Point. This is a must see spot that holds one of the best views on the entire hike. After Raven’s Point, the trail continues on through varied terrain. Several waterfalls lie ahead as well as more ridge top vistas. As you near the end of the trail and Foster Falls, you’ll have the option to continue on the Fiery Gizzard or to take the Climber’s Loop. The Climber’s Loop takes you past many of the popular rock climbing routes and also comes out at the base of Foster Falls, whereas the Fiery Gizzard route takes you above the falls.