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Coker Creek Falls Length: 3.2 miles Rating: 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 miles Rating: Easy This 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 miles Rating: easy/moderate This 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 trail located 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 68 The Trail is marked with a White Diamond blaze.
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