Rabbit Creek TrailModerate

Cades Cove / Townsend, TN

Rabbit Creek Trail

Distance (One Way)

7.8 miles

Elevation Gain

1,200 feet


Cades Cove


Townsend, TN

Water Xing


Trail Description Written by Caroline Sullivan

Rabbit Creek Trail is a lightly trafficked, out-and-back, wooded trail that connects the Abrams Creek Ranger Station to the Abrams Falls Trailhead. It can be combined with Abrams Falls Trail and a segment of Hannah Mountain Trail to make a nice loop hike.

There are two significant water crossings in the 5.1 mile segment between the Abrams Falls Trailhead and Scott Gap at the intersection with Hannah Mountain Trail. Rabbit Creek crossing can be skillfully rock hopped if water levels are low. The segment of Abrams Creek (near the trailhead) is flatter and not terribly difficult to walk straight through with water shoes. Low water levels make the creek about ankle deep. After a period of heavy rainfall, however, these crossings may be significantly harder to trudge through.

The lowest point of this trail (about 1100 ft) is at Abrams Creek Ranger Station, and the highest (2300 ft) is the about two miles from the Abrams Falls trailhead. This area is near Coon Butt. A butt (or butte) is an isolated hill or peak that features steep sides with a flat top. Read more about gaps, balds, butts, and knobs and more mountain terminology.

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Rabbit Creek Trail Elevation Profile

Rabbit Creek Trail Elevation Profile Tom Dunigan's Elevation Profiles

Trail Difficulty Scales Explained

Elevation Grade


Fairly Flat

Paul Petzoldt Scale






Shenandoah Scale


Moderately Strenuous




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