Summary: This would be a great hike for those who are car camping in Cosby Campground or just picnicking at Cosby as well. There are several creeks for cooling off on a hot summer day or trying your luck at trout fishing. The first part of the hike is a steady ascend before you reach the A.T., we rated this moderate based on the Localhikes criteria but it's more on the strenuous for the elevation gain then the dramatic descend once you reach the Low gap Trail. Once you reach the A.T. it's a welcome feeling as the trail levels out for a while. There are some great views along the A.T. looking west into Cosby and east to Mt. Sterling. You may want to stop off by Cosby Knob Shelter for a rest or just stop by to check it out. Once you pass Cosby Knob you will come to the Low Gap Trail take this to return to Cosby Campground.
Trailhead: From Knoxville: I-40 East to Exit #440 Highways 321 & 32 turn right off exit ramp. Stay on Highway 32 South to Cosby Campground (Highway 321 will go to right to Gatlinburg) about two miles turn right into Cosby Campground. Park in designated hiker's parking lot on left. Trailhead north of parking lot sign marked Snake Den Ridge Trail.
***** Great Smoky Mountains National Park*****
Trail Guides for Snake Den Ridge/AT/Low Gap:
Day Hikes in GSMNP
by Johnny Molloy ()
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: GSMNP 865-436-1200
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted 74 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Kathy on 8/11/2012
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Reviewed by CB on 9/19/2010
Trail is great my fastest time to the junction 1 hr 26 mins and 34 sec.
Reviewed by Dustin on 11/12/2007
Just got back yesterday from this hike. We backpacked the whole thing over 3 days. We started at Snake Den Trail and hiked up hill all day on Friday. Truely a butt kicker! Due to the drought water was little hard to come by after the first mile. We slept at impromtu campsite on top of the ridge and it was very beautiful, but very cold. We hiked down Camel ???? trail to refill water the next day. We found a nice little hidden place for some water right off the trail near a unmarked campsite. We hiked down about 2 miles from the ridge to Cosby shelter. This shelter is nice! Looks like it was just renovated recently and it looks good! Hiked 3 miles down hill to Cosby campground on the third day. Definately a rewarding trip. Very beautiful!
Reviewed by LTY on 10/27/2007
I hiked this trail on 10/27/07. Nice cool weather for a steady uphill climb. Once the morning fog, and some clouds cleared away, the view from Inadu Knob were great as were the views from Maddron Bald. I just had to make this little side trip on the way back. Saw several huge yellow poplar and hemlocks in the areas that were propably never logged.
Reviewed by curt on 7/13/2007
The climb up snake den is a b***h
Reviewed by SteveC on 6/29/2006
Nice loop trail if you want some good exercise. The trail will start out steep no matter which direction you hike it. If you're going to do this loop, you might as well add half a mile (round trip) by going down to Maddron Bald and back at the point where Snake Den Ridge intersects with the Maddron Bald Trail. Also check out the Cosby Shelter, with its brand new privy! Might be a good idea to do this one sometime late fall to early spring, as unfortunately the high growth and foliage in the summer obscures many of the wonderful views that would otherwise be possible. Nonetheless, a couple of openings do allow for occasional good views. I agree with another reviewer that the trail is too rocky in places, but still can be navigated with care
Reviewed by Balazs on 6/28/2006
I did this with my brother in April with the addition of going to the Mount Cammerer firetower and back from Low Gap. It's a difficult hike, you'll gain 3600 feet in the first 4.5 miles, but was definitely worth it. The only negative is that the trail is too rocky in many places for my liking.
Reviewed by ac on 9/27/2005
very nice loop trail. i dont know why that one guy said there were no views because there were many excellent views. the whole course of the trip climbs about 4000 feet but if you take your time it is not bad at all. any time of year is good to go on this one but probably fall spring and winter or late summer is best
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