Pistachio, Kleio and I (Magellan) along with several friends (Ranger 2, PG, Mountain Ostrich, Katniss, Theory, Trouper and more!) headed out to camp at the AL trailhead. The campsite there is lovely! It’s on the west brow with a good winter view, I imagine in leafy times there’d be less to see. There’s a large flat area right on the cliff with a very pretty stacked wood fence keeping you from wandering off in the night.
It’s about 300 feet or so from the parking area and there’s a privy at the parking lot, and a trash can!
Our night passed uneventfully, Kleio heard coyotes, but I must have been too far gone or far too used to them to notice. We were up and packed and at the TN trailhead (just a few miles north on 79) and ready to go just after 9.
Taking the TN side in via the blowhole to the walls and back up the AL side is an 8.5 mile hike that will take ALL DAY, not the usual 2 miles and hour that most hikers plan by.
We opted to take the route past the Mill Creek blowhole to see what that was about. It was SO worth it!
The trail is beautiful and overall not as hard as the AL trail, but it is twice as long.