Distance: 2.5 miles
Coordinates: 36.27004 -83.9677
Named for the small grove of hemlocks found along the trail, it takes you down by the lake and then climbs to the ridgetop. Because the trail takes you through several different ecosystems, wildlife is abundant and plant species varied. If hiking in September, stop by the pawpaw patch but watch out for black bears, raccoons and gray foxes as they find its fruit a tasty treat. Getting to the Hemlock Bluff Small Wild Area Trail can be challenging; you have to hike approximately 1.5 miles on a trail shared with mountain bikers to get to the trailhead so keep your eyes open when rounding curves.
With our guide to TVA's 170+ miles of trails, finding the right destination has never been easier. Consult our map or list, which is sorted by state and reservoir. You'll find detailed trail descriptions, the inside line on difficulty levels, information about amenities, maps, distance, uses and any relevant notes that might affect or enhance your experience. Find your TVA Trails.
Two new multi-use, bike-optimized trails near South Holston dam offer fun the whole family can enjoy. Check them out.
Minimize risks and maximize fun. Get tips for keeping yourself—and the environment around you—safe while you're out on a hike. Read more about trail safety.
Most of the trails are overlaid on topographic (or topo) maps. Topo maps are an attempt to show real variations in elevation on a flat map. If you know how to read a topo map, the map itself can tell you a lot. Here are a few tips to help you out.
TVA manages more than 30 public trails (150 miles) along the Tennessee River and its tributaries and on reservoir lands. You can help us by protecting and monitoring the trails to instill a legacy of conservation. Learn how to volunteer.