Falls Branch & Grand Gap Loop Trails, Leatherwood District, Big South Fork Recreation Area, TN





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Published on Sep 21, 2011

Scenes from our Labor Day 2011 weekend backpacking trip to Leatherwood District of Big South Fork National Recreation Area, Tennessee.

Our hike began at the Scott State Park campground, down the Falls Branch trail, up to the Grand Gap Loop trail, and then back around for the Falls Branch connector to the John Litton Homestead trail.

What was suppose to be five days of backpacking was truncated to 2.5 days because the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee arrived earlier than expected and was suppose to dump anywhere from 3 to 8 inches of rain where we were. We decided to hike out Labor Day in what turned out to be a really nice warm rain that kept all the visitors away and left us in solitude.

This was a great weekend backpacking hike. It's about 18 miles long, which we easily hiked in 2.5 days. There is plenty of water to be found along Falls Branch trail up until about a quarter mile before it intersects with Grand Gap Loop/John Muir trail, however Grand Gap is bone dry. There are many other loop options available, including a much longer loop using the John Muir trail.

**My video camera quit working at John Litton Homestead due to condensation so I've substituted in some photos.



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