Coker Creek FallsLength: 3.2 milesRating: Easy Offer excellent opportunities for taking photographs and picnicking.Directions from the Coker Creek welcome Center:Go South on Hwy. 68 3.1 miles. Turn Right on Ironsburg Rd. (CR 628). Go .8 mile. Veer left at Ironsburg Cemetery on CR 626. Go 3 miles. Turn left on US Forest Service Road 2138. Go 1.1 miles to parking lot._______________________________________________________________________________________John Muir Trail #152: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 because of the efforts of the Youth Conservation Corps and the Senior Community Service Employment Program. It is said to follow the path taken during his travels from Kentucky to Florida.The trail western end is located where Childers Creek empties into the Hiwassee River. The first 3 miles (5 km) is a relatively easy walk as it was designed for senior citizens. At 6 miles (10 km) you reach the suspension foot bridge across the river and the Appalachia 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 ft (12 m) 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). This part 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.Directions From the Coker Creek Welcome Center:Go south on Hwy. 68 9.0 miles. The East trailhead is on the right, parking is on the left.____________________________________________________________________________________Unicoi Mountain Trail #83:Length: 6.0 milesRating: EasyThis great trail leads you over scenic ridges, through hollows, magnificent pine woods, and near sparkling streams. Directions from the Coker Creek Welcome Center:Go South on Hwy. 68 6.2 miles. The trailhead and parking is on the right._______________________________________________________________________________Benton Mackaye Trail #2: The Benton MacKaye Trail or BMT is a footpath nearly 300 miles (480 km) in length in the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern United States and is blazed by a white diamond, 5″ across by 7″ tall. The hiking trail was created and is maintained by the Benton MacKaye Trail Association and is named for Benton MacKaye, the Massachusetts forester and regional planner who first had the idea for the Appalachian Trail in 1921.The BMT runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia (sharing the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail) to Davenport Gap in Tennessee. The trail passes through eight United States Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas, while traversing three states (Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina). The lowest elevation (765 ft) on the BMT occurs at the crossing of the Hiwassee River in Tennessee. The highest elevation is the 5,843-foot (1,781 m) summit of Mt. Sterling in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.Directions from the Coker Creek Welcome Center:Go South on Hwy. 68 6.2 miles. The trailhead is on the left and parking is on the right. ________________________________________________________________________________________Unicoi Mountain Horse Trail:Length: 9.9 milesRating: easy/moderateThis Trail is open to hikers as well as horses. This loop horse trail begins at the Joe Brown Highway in Monroe County on FSR #40. The trail has several access points to provide shorter or longer riding opportunities and offers many overlooks and vista sites on the Tennessee-North Carolina border. A spur trail to the former Doc Rogers home site is also available.Directions from the Coker Creek Welcome Center:Turn left onto Joe Brown Highway (there is a horse trail sign here). Proceed 0.3 miles and park at the fields on the left. From this parking area proceed two miles to a second parking area (only one vehicle pull off available here) to the trailhead._______________________________________________________________________________________Unicoi Turnpike Trail: Declared a Millennium Trail in 2000, this is the oldest known traveled path and first toll road in North America having been used for thousands of years by Native Americans, Pioneers and settlers.Directions from the Coker Creek Welcome Center:To Trailhead go 2.9 miles on Joe Brown Highway (CR 618) to parking area on left._____________________________________________________________________________Unicoi Motorcycle Trail #82: Unicoi Trail #82 is a short 3.4-mile multiple use traillocated on Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District in the southern section of Cherokee National Forest.The trail is open to motorcycle use, but not ATVs. Directions from the Coker Creek Welcome Center:Go South on Hwy. 68 6.8 miles. The trailhead is on the left and parking on the right.__________________________________________________________________________ Mountain Bike Trail #82 :A section of Trail #82 is also used for Mountain Biking.This Section of Trail runs from Buck Bald Rd. to Joe Brown Hwy. It is about 3 miles with a few Technical sections.Directions From the Coker Creek Welcome Center:Go South on Hwy. 68 approx. 6 miles. Turn left on FR 311 (follow signs to Buck Bald) Go 1.6 miles to Trailhead.Left Trailhead goes 3 miles to Joe Brown Highway. Right Trailhead goes 2.5 miles back to Highway 68The Trail is marked with a White Diamond blaze.
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