Eagle Falls Trail

Kentucky, Mississippi, & Tennessee Hikes

This region of the country I haven't explored nearly as much as I'd like...especially the Tennessee side of the Smokies.  As it is, this page contains the few trips I've made on foot in these states.  Hopefully I can add many more adventures in the near future...


Adventure Log (KY):  4.5 miles

Adventure Log (MS):  1.0 mile

Adventure Log (TN):  24.0 miles


Most of the galleries below have two numbers in parenthesis alongside their name. The first is the TOTAL MILEAGE of the route, the second is what I’m calling the “Petzoldt Rating” of DIFFICULTY. Developed by Paul Petzoldt, founder of NOLS, this rating system is the best I’ve found for standardizing the difficulty of hikes. It works as follows: One ‘energy unit’ is given for very mile travelled on flat terrain. You then add one more ‘energy unit’ for every 500-feet of elevation gain. For example, a one mile hike with 1,000-feet of gain would give you a rating of 3.00. Consequently a two mile hike with only 500-feet of gain would also give you a rating of 3.00. Please note, however, these ratings do not take into account weather, rough terrain, fitness level, etc. I’ve divided levels of difficulty into five levels, based on the following Petzoldt difficulty ranges:

0.00-2.49=EASY;

2.50-4.99=MODERATE;

5.00-7.49=CHALLENGING;

7.50-9.99=HARD;

10.00-12.49=VERY HARD;

12.50 & up=EXTREME


CLICK HERE for a Google map of hikes in these albums...

KY-TN-MS Hikes by Difficulty Rating


Rocky Fork State Park, TN  (13.80)


Honey Creek Loop, TN  (7.50)

Firescald Ridge & Blackstack Cliffs, TN  (6.50)

Margarette & Bailey Falls, TN  (5.00)


Cumberland Falls State Park - Eagle Falls Trail, KY  (3.30)


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, KY  (2.30)

Woodall Mountain, MS  (1.41)