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Indian Grave Gap Trail

Miles:  3.7 miles           Elevation Gain:   1125↑          Elev./Mi:   304          Grade:  6%          

Difficulty:  Class 3+     Hiking Time: 2:00       Pace:  1.85 mph        Avg. Temp.:   43.5         

This trail was part of a loop hike from Rich Mountain Loop Trail

+ All the climbing occurs in the first 2.3 miles which makes the climb gain 489 ft./mi. and is a 9% grade

The Trail

Indian Grave Gap Trailhead

Indian Grave Gap Trailhead

The trailhead is on Rich Mountain Road which is a one-way gravel road leading from Cades Cove.  It is inaccessible during the winter months.  Other access is from Rich Mountain Loop Trail, Rich Mountain Trail and Crooked Arm Ridge Trail.

Indian Grave Gap Trail climbs steadily from the trailhead for the first 2.3 miles averaging a little over 489 ft. per mile.  Once on the ridge, the trail is a descends ever so slightly and is a delightful walk along a ridge.  AT 1.1 mile, the trail intersects with Rich Mountain Loop Trail which leads 3.4 miles to Cades Cove.  At 1.4 miles there is a side trail leading 200 feet to an open nob where there remains a foundation for a fire tower.  At 1.9 miles, the trail intersects with Rich Mountain Trail that leads 2.3 miles down to Rich Mountain Road at the Park Boundary.  The trail ends at the intersection with Scott Mountain Trail and Crooked Arm Ridge Trail which leads 2.2 miles to Rich Mountain Loop Trail.

Fire tower site in Indian Grave Gap Trail

Fire tower site in Indian Grave Gap Trail

Indian Grave Gap Trail Junction

Indian Grave Gap Trail Junction