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John Muir Trail Tennessee - Hiking





John Muir Trail Tennessee Statistics

Difficulty

Easy

Distance

26 KM

Estimated Time

3 hours

Elevation gain

1,114 foots

What are the activities at John Muir Trail Tennessee ?

Hiking


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Why choose a trail at John Muir Trail Tennessee?

The John Muir National Recreation Trail (#152) is a 20.7 mile (33.3 km) trail in eastern Tennessee along the north side of Hiwassee River in the Cherokee National Forest. It is named for naturalist John Muir. It was constructed in 1972 through the efforts of the Youth Conservation Corps and the Senior Community Service Employment Program. It is said to follow the path taken during Muir's travels from Kentucky to Florida in his book A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf. In it he wrote: My path all to-day led me along the leafy banks of the Hiwassee, a most impressive mountain river. Its channel is very rough, as it crosses the edges of upturned rock strata, some of them standing at right angles, or glancing off obliquely to right and left. Thus a multitude of short, resounding cataracts are produced, and the river is restrained from the headlong speed due to its volume and the inclination of its bed. All the larger streams of uncultivated countries are mysteriously charming and beautiful, whether flowing in mountains or through swamps and plains. Their channels are interestingly sculptured, far more so than the grandest architectural works of man. The finest of the forests are usually found along their banks, and in the multitude of falls and rapids the wilderness finds a voice. Such a river is the Hiwassee, with its surface broken to a thousand sparkling gems, and its forest walls vine-draped and flowery as Eden. And how fine the songs it sings! The trail western end is located where Childers Creek empties into the Hiwassee River. The first 3 mile (5 km) section is a relatively easy walk designed for senior citizens. At 6 miles (10 km) there is a suspension foot bridge crossing the river at the Apalachia Power Plant. The trail does not cross the bridge but continues on the north side of the river. At 11.7 miles (18.8 km) the trail connects to the Coker Creek Trail. This trail goes into the Coker Creek Scenic Area that contains the 40-foot (12 m) tall Coker Creek Falls. At 17.7 miles (24.5 km), the trail comes to Tennessee State Route 68. The trail continues past the road for another 3 miles (5 km). The last section of the trail has been lengthened several times since it was opened. The Benton MacKaye Trail joins the John Muir Trail at Childers Creek and runs with it for 10.5 miles (16.9 km) to the intersection with the Unicoi Mountain Trail.

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Rate & open hour

Access fee $ 0.00
Schedule
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Coordinates
42.8201 42.8201

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What are the comments and evaluations from the community?

Robert Peterson
Robert Peterson
Pretty cool place.You will love for sure! :-)
8 years ago
Jamal Fiedler
Jamal Fiedler
I went with my friend, and it was wonderful.
8 years ago
Angela King
Angela King
You have to see it for yourself
8 years ago
Boris Gau
Boris Gau
I had a great time.
7 years ago




Let’s Answer Your Questions - FAQ

What is the level of difficulty of John Muir Trail Tennessee ?

Easy

What is the elevation of John Muir Trail Tennessee?

1113.73

Is the place are families friendly?

No

Is there an information center / service center / reception?

No