One thing is for sure, Honey Creek Trail is one of the most puptacular hikes you and your pup will ever experience. But the amazing experience has a price; this is a difficult trail with stream crossings and boulder climbing. Both you and your pooch should be experienced hikers if you venture down this trail.
Located in east Tennessee’s Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, this trail starts with a set of stairs. Not long after you begin, there are a couple steep rocks to climb down. Use the knotted ropes that are fastened to the rocks and rappel down the 15 foot drops. Your pooch can scamper down the hill next to the steep rocks. Paws for a water break at Echo Rock. Your dog’s ears will perk up with all the sound amplification. In this area, there is spur trail to an Overlook. Skip this option since the steep ladders are not suitable for four legged hikers.
The next section of the trail is where things get challenging. The trail weaves in and around Honey Creek. Plan on getting your feet wet and scrambling over large boulders. You’ll come to a ladder which leads up to Indian Rockhouse. If you want to check out this cave, have your pup wait at the bottom. Further down the trail you’ll come to Boulder House Falls, a cool cavern created by house sized boulders with a stream of water flowing in through the top. After that, the last mile of the trail crosses more amazing scenery, including a side trail to Honey Creek Falls.
Most people hike the loop counter-clockwise due to the
rappelling section, but it is possible to take the trail clockwise. Be sure to bring more than enough water for
both you and your dog. This is a primitive area so restrooms are not available.
Upon finishing this trail, your pup will feel like a champion!