Hike to the Sand Caves

Thomas Walker Civic Park

Distance

8 Miles

Elevation Gain

2000 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Emily Westergard

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Family Friendly
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Waterfall
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This is a great spot to have lunch while out hiking the Ridge Trail. Some highlights include: waterfall, cave, luscious sand, rhododendrons.

After a 2.5 mi hike up the Ewing Trail, you will reach the Ridge Trail. Go left for approximately 1 mi until you reach a landing for horses. Another 0.25 mi down the trail, you will encounter some steep wooden steps as well as several slippery boulders. Depending on recent weather and season, you will reach the bottom where you may or may not find the Sand Cave Waterfall and stream. Check it out in the winter for some amazing icicles! The Sand Cave itself extends back about 100 ft with beautiful, fine, white sand. Be cautious as there are bears in the area.

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Under Canvas Great Smoky Mountains

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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❤️

The hike can be a bit rough but seeing the sand caves are worth every bit of the elevation change.

Sand Caves Trail

Beautiful hike and the caves are awesome.

Better than anticipated!!

Cave is a lot larger than I figured it would be. Cool waterfall at the opening too.

Distance

8 Miles

Elevation Gain

2000 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Emily Westergard

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