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Rabbit Creek Trail

Date:    April 29, 2016

Miles:  7.8 miles           Elevation Gain:  1,582 ft.↑   Elev./Mi:  202.7    Grade:     4%          

Difficulty:  Class 3      Hiking Time: 2:42       Pace:  2.9  mph         Avg. Temp.:   75

Rabbit Creek Trail

Trailhead to Scott Gap

Trailhead to Scott Gap

Scott Gap to Abrams Creek

Scott Gap to Abrams Creek

 

 

 

 

 

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Rabbit Creek is an overall delightful hiking experience with several highlights and options.  It makes for a fine loop hike that includes Abrams Fall Trail.  There is ample water on the route and there are two campsites, CS #15 and CS #16.  It is a challenge to hike the entire length of its 7.8 miles in one trip unless you opt for a 15 mile Yo-yo.  This is due to the trailheads being prohibitively far apart; one in Cades Cove and the other many driving miles away in Abrams Creek Campground.

IMG_2691The trail begins at the Abrams Falls Trail intersection at the parking area off Cades Cove Loop Road.  Within 100 yards, you must ford Mill Creek near it’s confluence with Abrams Creek.  It is a shallow ford about 35 yards wide.  The trail is an old mountain road and ascends steadily over 2.5 miles up Boring Ridge through a pine forest.  At 1.0 miles you cross More Licker Branch and continue climbing steadily until the trail apexes on Andy McCully Ridge at 2.0 miles.  After a brief

Campsite #15

Campsite #15

level walk the trial begins a steady descent until you reach Campsite #15 – Rabbit Creek at 4.1 miles.  Rabbit Creek, the trails namesake is just beyond the site at 4.2 miles.  The Rabbit Creek crossing is wet and can be difficult in high water.  At 5.1 miles, you reach Scott Gap where the trail intersects with the Hannah Mountain Trail which leads 1.9 miles to the right and intersects with Abrams Falls Trail.  Campsite #16 – Scott Gap is down a side trail at this intersection.  It is the site of a former shelter.  From Scott Gap, the trail climbs slightly for a mile to crest Pine Mountain and then descends steadily to Abrams Creek at 7.6 miles.  Ordinarily there is a footlog across Abrams Creek but in times of high water, the bridge becomes disconnected from it’s mornings as was the case in this hike.  Consequently, the hiker must ford the creek before reaching the trailhead at 7.8 miles, making Rabbit Creek one of the few trails with a wet crossing at either end.

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Footlog on the side of Abrams Creek

Data Book:

Rabbit Creek Data Book

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Campsite #16 – Scott Gap

Campsite #16 - Scott Gap

Campsite #16 – Scott Gap

Campsite #16 – Scott Gap

Hannah Mountain Trail – Campsite #16 is at the intersection of Hannah Mountain Trail and Rabbit Creek Trail.

Capacity: 10

Rating: 4

Water: Available from small spring near campsite.

Campsite #16 is a former shelter site.  The main fire ring is near the foundations.  The site has fewer flat spaces than most but in general, the site well drained.  The water source is a very small spring near the site that looks like it may be iffy in dry weather conditions.  There is a combination of mature trees making it necessary to choose tent placement wisely.  The biggest feature is the fact that the site is completely off and out of site of the trails.

Rating Review

  • Bear cables – generally a given but some site may not have them
  • Low Impact – little evidence of overuse such as sparse vegetation and general appearance
  • Leave No Trace – includes general layout and spacing of sites relative to the trail
  • Dry or properly draining tent sites

Campsite #16 - Spring

Campsite #16 – Spring

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