Baxter Creek Trail to Mt. Sterling is a 12 mile out and back trail located near Hartford, TN that features a river. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking.
as mentioned, the hike is not for the faint of heart... also when you see the sign for water near the top, that really is the only place to filter.
took Baxter to sterling Ridge to gunter fork to big Creek for a 2 night loop. Really need to watch out for gunter fork it's a can be very dangerous as many portions are washed out and not maintained. would suggest shallow fork if you're hesitant.
An ass-kickier, but totally worth it!
Fantastic day hike (or overnight as camping is available on Mt Sterling) to celebrate the new year. It is actually an in/out of 12.4 miles. 4000 feet of elevation gain on he way up. All up hill... Then all down. Difficult and not for a beginner hiker, but spectacular views for all... Especially from the fire tower on a clear day (today). Lots of rocks and roots in portions of the trail and it needs some trail maintenance, but if you are a sucker for a long hike, as we are, you can't go wrong!
We completed a 3 day hike going up Big Creek to camp site 37, then the Swallow Fork trail to camp site 38 at Mt Steerling, and back down Baxter Creek trail. It's a beautiful area of the park and the trails and camp sites are well maintained. The trail is strenuous.