Grundy Forest was one of the earliest areas protected during the formation of what would become South Cumberland State Park. In the 1930s, in the middle of the Great Depression, local businessmen came together to raise the $430 needed to buy and protect 211 acres of pristine hemlock-lined canyons. This area was also used as a campsite for the Civilian Conservation Corps Company 1475, from 1935 until 1938. The site of the CCC camp has been turned into an outdoor museum, where you can see foundations of the camp and learn what life was like for the 200 young men who lived and worked here.
The Grundy Day Loop Trail will take you on an easy 2-mile hike, past the CCC camp, Hanes Hole Falls, Blue Hole Falls, and unique rock formations, with most of the trail following Little Gizzard and Big Fiery Gizzard creeks. This is also the north end of the famed 13-mile Fiery Gizzard Trail, the other end of which is at Foster Falls, south of Tracy City.
These are driving directions from the South Cumberland State Park Visitor Center: Grundy Forest is about three miles east of the park’s Visitor Center. Take US Highway 41 east from the Visitor Center, about 2.5 miles. Turn right just after the large brown park sign, at 3rd Street (the street flanked by a tire store and Sequatchee Valley Electric Co-op). Follow 3rd Street past the elementary school to Marion Street, on your right. Follow Marion Street two blocks, then right onto Fiery Gizzard Road. The parking area and trailhead are on your left.
To learn more about the CCC Camp, and see vintage photos of how it looked “back in the day,” click on the web link.
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131 Fiery Gizzard Road Tracy City 37387 United States