John Muir National Recreation Trail: Hiwassee River Segment

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John Muir National Recreation Trail: Hiwassee River Segment ist ein 16.4 Meilen langer, wenig besuchter Streckenabschnitt in der Nähe von Reliance, Tennessee. Er führt entlang eines Flusses, durch schönen Wald und es gibt schöne Wildblumen und oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist das ganze Jahr über zugänglich. Hunde sind erlaubt, müssen allerdings an der Leine gehalten werden.

Entfernung: 16.4 miles Höhenunterschied: 2,821 feet Routentyp: Strecke

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3 months ago

Just went from the trail head to Big Bend, 6 miles round trip. Beautiful trail but needs some attention, in my opinion. Several large trees downed and, at places, a little overgrown. Narrow path about 1.5 miles in and few places where it could be possible to stub your toe and fall into the water. I met two young hikers (30’s) that turned back due to the downed trees. I think most younger than me (69) and smaller than me (6’3” and 240) would be just fine. Saying that, I loved it, will do it again and do at least another 5-6 miles.

5 months ago

Hiked from Childers Creek to Apalachia Powerhouse. Was a total of 14 miles out & back. The trail was pretty well maintained and very flat. You follow the Hiwassee river the entire way. There were a few trees that have fell I had to cross over. There are some muddy spots, but they were not too bad. You do have to walk on Powerhouse road for 3/4 of a mile from Big Bend to past Beach Bottom branch so be careful and look out for vehicles!

7 months ago

7 months ago

Overall I enjoyed the 3 mile section I hiked today. There is a good sized tree down at mile 1 1/4 and a small tree down maybe half a mile later. I was able to get past both so didnt deter me. Quite a few muddy spots as well.

Wed Jan 09 2019

Very technical trail, but nevertheless, a fun and beatiful trail running opportunity!

Mon Dec 24 2018

We hiked this trail in early spring 2018. I had my 4 year old son (who can go all day today swear), wife and 8 year old son. When the powerhouse releases water it can come up on the trail and be a little dangerous . It’s a nice easy hike. If you go early, before they release water, fishing is really fun. The small pools hold all the fish, making them an easy target. We only hiked a couple miles in and back. I’m sure the 16 mile trek would be great.

Sun Nov 04 2018

Great and easy hike! Beautiful in the fall.

Sat Jun 02 2018

seemed like a great trail, but only got to go a quarter mile in due to hiwassee flooding the trail making it unsafe. Will definitely try again soon.

Sat Mar 10 2018

Awesome trail especially if you like venturing off trail.

Sun Feb 18 2018

we hiked from Childers Creek to beyond Big Bend area for a total of 7 miles. Very nice hike. Good trail. A little wet in a few spots but nothing we couldn't get around. We will do this trail again.

Mon Sep 04 2017

Beautiful trail and fairly easy though sometimes a bit unmanaged.

Mon Aug 28 2017

Great trail!

Wed May 31 2017

The trail is easy from Childers creek to big bend. moderate h to the power house. after that the trail is difficult with several steep sections and several poorly main maintained sections from Coker creek to highway 68.

Wed Apr 19 2017

Moderate skilled trail with pretty views and multiple places to camp. Can be done in 1 long day or two short days. Sometimes it is a little hard to follow the trail but all in all a great hike!

Sun Apr 09 2017

I loved the trail. it is a beautiful place, with River views, wildflowers, rock cliffs, I hiked 7 miles. loved it!!

Thu Mar 23 2017


Wed Mar 01 2017

Not well marked above Power House. Signs missing or vandalized. Beautiful hike. Would do it again.

Sat Oct 29 2016

I still remember this beautiful trail.

Sat Oct 29 2016

A beautiful place and a beautiful hike, like anything John Muir put his name on. I did this years ago and could not find it on Alltrails.

Mon Oct 03 2016

Amazing. Crystal clear water. Some nice ledges. Love it

Thu Sep 08 2016

Wait on the water! Best on a hot summer day. Very refreshing. I've been down the upper on raft, and the lower on tube and kayak.

Fri Jul 22 2016

The Wife, a few friends, and I took this trail this week. I agree with this site’s rating of hard. There are a couple things to know that I wish I had known going in. We walked the trail from East to West going left to Right across the Nat Geo map we bought 2 weeks ago from REI. **Note** The NAT Geo maps are out of date. Read below for the updates we found. From the parking lot on the western end, the lot had great access to water and plenty of space for tents after our day long drive and white water rafting before arriving. There are a few trees suitable for hanging hammocks from, but we ended up using our tent because we really only saw space for 2 hammocks and there were 4 of us. The trail head was well marked with a fair sized sign and the morning fog from the river made for some pretty hiking. There were a few great views of the river in the first couple miles of the trail. The trail does meet up with power house road at Big Bend and from there we never did find the trail on the left despite sweeping a few times looking for it. We gave up hoping to pick the trail back up at Towee Creek boat ramp, but here was the first time we noticed the Nat Geo map is wrong. The maps on the park sign board show the trail following the river to the TVA employee only area where the trail continues down a half staircase, and the trail at Towee Creek is completely unpassable supporting this updated path. All in all our first day was about 8 miles and 6 of them were on pavement sharing the lane with cars as there is no space for us to walk off the road. About a half mile down the trail from the TVA area, where the trail follows Wildcat Creek for a few hundred yards, there is a decent camp site with fire pit by a rock face. About 100 feet further down the trail there is an extension to the top of the rock face on the left that has 2 more camp sites. They are dry, but only about 100 or 200 yards from water (where you turned left) so not too bad. The trails up to this point have been poorly blazed and there was a fair bit of guessing and hoping we were on the right trail though they are well worn and easy to follow. Day 2 revealed several switch backs not marked on the map and several steep climbs and descents. There is a fair sized campsite when the trail crosses Loss creek and 2 or 3 campsites where the trail follows Coker creek. From the camp site we stayed at by the rock face to the where John Muir and Benton MacKaye split the trail was traveled well enough that over grown was not a serious concern, we did find a few trees across the path but the majority had been cleared. The path from the fork to our campsite about mile further down was well blazed and we are glad about that as it is significantly less worn and overgrowth became a hassle. There are 2 streams or creeks not on the Nat Geo map, they run down the 2 ravines shown on the map about a mile from the fork, in between them is a great flat campsite with plenty of trees for hammocks. Down side here is there is a huge tick population and not even tick spray kept us bite free inside our tents. Also Chiggers and Biting flies are rampant here. Day 3 revealed an infrequently used trail with lots of over growth with dozens of felled trees between us and TN 68. We found an additional camp where the 2 creeks merge under the John Muir sign on the Nat Geo map, google maps tells me on of the creeks is called Land Branch. After wrestling with felled trees and following blazes more than established trail we choose to abandon it at the road crossing with TN 68. The trail entrance from 68 continuing West was hard to find, and basically went straight up the cliff side. I cannot comment on the condition of the rest of the trail, but I suspect it was equally used rarely and thus suffered from lots of over growth. If someone wanted to run a DR field and brush mower over this half of the trail it would definitely be better for that. Final notes: The trail is probably best during the fall or spring, mid-summer was oppressively hot. Frequent dips into the river and creeks were necessary to prevent overheating. There were occasional breezes but the dense forest shut most of them down. Also the trail is covered in poison oak and poison ivy, much of the over growth is of these plants so long pants are a must.

Wed Mar 23 2016

I like to run this river a couple of times yr because of how close I live to it. I would definitely recommend going after it has rained a couple of days before, as I hit rocks on my kayak, which makes for a wild unexpected ride at times. I like to take the kids down the lower river, from the outfitters to the parking area under 411 bridge. My kids are 4/5/8. But overall I love this place. I also like when the train rides by carrying people who wave.

Sun Dec 02 2012

We hiked the 3 mile section to the river bend. Great in and out day hike with great views of the river. Very mild hike good for all ages.

Fri May 18 2012

This trail has a lot of potential. It is not a well used or maintained trail. I have worked with the forestry service on multiple excursions to help maintain and keep the trail clear, but for some reason this trail seems to be a full time job. On my last visit, many large trees were down due to a few large storms we had in the area. The trail follows the river for a good distance and can get swampy in certain areas. Snakes are plentiful. The concept of the trail is good, and if some volunteers would chip in, it could be an excellent trail.

Wed Feb 22 2012

we go tubing here every year. great trip. Webb Brothers store at Reliance is the best outfitter. the river flows through the Cherokee National Forest. Gorgeous! River has Class I & II rapids with one III. makes for great tubing.

Fri Oct 07 2011

This trail was a fun 1 night trip. However, I went back in June 2011 and there were trees down all over the first half of the trail from Farner to Coker Creek. Big trees. So big we had to get way off the trail to go around because we couldnt get over or under them. There was only one real good over look which I was bummed about. But on the second half of the trail from Coker Creek to the powerhouse, there is a very pretty area called the narrows which was my favorite part of the whole trip. I'd do it again.

Mon Aug 09 2010

We hiked along this trail as a connector for a much larger trip. The hike was mainly along the river. Unfortunately the trail itself was very littered. Break off the trail and hike to Maudes Crack. It's a 100yd crack in a cliff face that brings you to the summit with 180 degree views of the river valley.

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