Starr Mountain Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tellico Plains, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Etowah: Travel south on Hwy. 411 to Wetmore. Turn left on County Road #163. Cross railroad tracks and bear right continuing on to the Forest Boundary and FDR #2014. Proceed to the parking lot (a dead end) and the trail begins near the gate on the right. This also serves the spur trail 190A.
The trail is well marked for the first several miles. We made it up to the ridge then came back down, about 7 miles round trip. The views are probably amazing but it was super foggy for us. Will be hiking this trail again, hopefully to the end.
Trail begins right before Starr Mountain #190 sign and turns into the woods. Trail is marked good the first half. One sharp turn about a mile in is easy to miss. There are quite a few large lose rocks. Once to the switch backs your almost to the top of Starr Mtn. On top of the mountain it's a nice ridge walk.
It starts on an old logging road, so it's easy to follow for the first mile or so, but the trail disappears around the point where its supposed to climb the eastern slope of the ridge. Since I only had a couple of hours to spare I decided to postpone a stricter search for another day. An alternate way to reach the summit is via the Coffee Branch Horse Trail starting out of the Lost Corral Campground.
Alltrails Pro doesn't show the trail on its GPS.
Much less exciting than Gee Creek. First mile just up hill.