February 26, 2022
Start from the Northern Boat Launch (Not the Southern!)
My wife and I hiked and enjoyed this moderate loop in late September 2021. We made one big mistake, however: in my rush to get out of an apple-picker gridlock on the main road, we unknowingly started from the Southern Boat Launch. Although we proceeded in the clockwise direction, I could not figure out why the description seemed out of sync with our experience. I finally figured out the mistake when we arrived at the starting point at the Northern launch. No big deal, but I'm glad I got myself reoriented with a good laugh before falsely criticizing Daniel Chazin! We found the hike to be on the easier side of moderate, and it offered a variety of views of the reservoir and surrounding mountains. We would normally seek a slightly longer loop more remote from fall season traffic, but this hike was great to fill a tight Sunday afternoon schedule.
June 06, 2014
easier, less steep going in the other direction
<p>The climb to the summit is easier and less steep if you start by taking the trail to the right and hiking the circular route in the other direction.</p>
June 06, 2014
Gasline crossing trail
<p>The Tennessee Gas Northeast upgrade is going through the trail right now. The trail is open</p>
April 16, 2010
Monks Trail viewpoint
Unfortunately the view of Harrison Mountain from the Monks Circular Trail is now marred by a huge gash and a power line with 200-ft. transmission towers directly across the reservoir from the viewpoint.