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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!
I hiked the trail, to Benton falls, today. this is a beautiful, waterfall. the trail is a well keep trail. I hiked about, a mile and half, past the falls.the trail remained, in good condition. there are a lot if people, on this trail. I saw more than 20 people on the trail.
Hiked this trail at the beginning of April. The trail was very well maintained overall with the first mile or two a quick, yet manageable incline before becoming steady and quite peaceful. After maybe mile 2 or so it becomes a steady, challenging ascent to the summit. There was an area that I could see becoming slightly overgrown in the summer but would still be manageable. I enjoyed the view towards the summit, though there were plenty of trees around that steal any good chance for a 360 view. Definitely a hike worth doing. Saw no bear or really any wildlife. I had no trouble getting to the trailhead once on the dirt road, but be aware the dirt road is located behind some utility facility, which could be somewhat hard to find at first since you actually have to pull into the lot of the facility and find the dirt road behind it.
Followed Ronald Rasnick's route and proceeded beyond it to the intersection with Holston Mtn West at approx 3.2 miles. We then explored that very little used trail, then failed to find an easy way down (See uploaded route for details). Our information (Nat. Geo. Map) was that the trail connected with a forest service road which it did; but the Map indicated that we should turn right to proceed down. Going that way proceeds along the ridge and peters out. We did find an unknown trail (old Big Arm trail?) along the way that we want to explore further. Also found a old still.
This would make a very good out and back hike. Beautiful views in early spring. Also connects with the ridge trail, so you could hike on up to the fire tower, holston mtn trail, etc.
Very lovely trail, fairly interpretive as far as markings go, definitely isn't a trail you can follow blindly. We ended up at a creek crossing, too deep to cross so we will have to come back in summer when it's warmer etc. gravel road to trailhead is narrow and bumpy ride, glad I didn't take my car & took the SUV instead!!!
This is a good place for a peaceful walk. the trail is not worn down, like a trails. you have to pay attention to stay on the trail. someone has marked the turns, with ribbon's. I hiked from the old furnace road. to wildcat creek. there is a small campsite at the creek. creek is beautiful.