If you’re looking for a nice hike near Cades Cove but want to avoid this crowds, this might be your best bet.

After we finished Abrams Fall we headed over to the campground/picnic area near the Anthony Creek Trailhead. We didn’t plan to do the full 11.7 miles out-n-back “Rocky Top via Anthony Creek” route because we didn’t want to be getting back to late so we decided to just hike out for a bit and turn around when we were ready.

The trail runs parallel to Anthony Creek so it’s nice to hear the water most of the time. It crosses the creek a few times but there are bridges so no need for water shoes (at least as far as we got).

It is a very constant uphill hike the entire time. Without much variation in the grade it starts to feel steeper than it is.

Hike Details
Trailhead (Out-n-Back)
Anthony Creek Trailhead
All Trails
Curated Map
Recorded Route
Trail Length (Out-n-Back)
11.7 mi (Map) | 5.66 mi (GPS)
Elevation Gain
3671 ft (Map) | 1119 ft (GPS)
Start/Stop Time
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Total/Moving/Ave Pace
Ben, Ryan