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John Muir Trail

photo: Hiwasee River. Photo by ChristopherM.

Length: 20.70 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $2.00

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Snowshoeing
Swimming - Diving/snorkeling
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Along Hiwassee River near Reliance, In Cherokee National Forest, along Hiawasee R gorge, NE of Archville on SR 315.
State(s): Tennessee
Counties: Polk
Longitude: -84.49058
Latitude: 35.18939

Driving Directions

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Hike along scenic Hiwassee River on the John Muir National Recreation Trail #152, which is also part of the long-distance Benton MacKaye Trail. Try a short out-and-back hike from one of the trailheads or plan a back-country trip along this 20.7-mile trail. Dispersed camping is allowed on the section of trail located east of the Apalachia Powerhouse. Trailheads are located at Big Bend, Childers Creek, and at the end of Forest Road 108.

Additional Details

Width: 48 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 25%
Elevation Low Point: 1,000
Elevation High Point: 2,000
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Hiwassee River Recreation Zone
Website: USFS Trail Details-Hiwassee River Area

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Steve Goldman
Cherokee National Forest
Ocoee/Hiwassee District
Benton, TN 37307
(423) 338-5201
[email protected]



Hiwasee River. Photo by ChristopherM.

Hiwasee River. Photo by ChristopherM.

 Photo by Steve McCullough.

Photo by Steve McCullough.


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