The famous bluff views overlooking the Hiwassee River are not from Starr Mountain but from the southeasern corner of Chestnut Mountain.

The trail to Chestnut Mountain Bluffs (that is what I am calling them) is not marked on any maps that I am familiar with. To get there take Spring Creek Road through the Hiwassee-Ocoee Recreational Area. Eventually, the road will become a narrow gravel road and you will enter the Cherokee National Forest. Right around mile 2.0 on Spring Creek Road, you will see a pull off to the right. (This is often used as a parking area for people swimming, floating, and boating on the Hiwassee River.) Right after this pull off, there is a pull off on the left close to the the railroad tracks marked by large boulders. Ideally, you want to park here. To your left, follow a path that leads up and over the railroad tracks. After crossing the railroad tracks, you will see large boulders descending from the Chestnut Mountain; they mark Watertank Branch. Slightly to the right, you will see a path that leads up to the bluff. It is very steep and fairly difficult.

The pictures are NOT the same trail the directions take you to. If you want the views in the pictures you must go to a different Starr Mountain Trail. We went about 13 miles total for nothing. We had planned on backpacking but just hiked back out after we realized what had happened. If anyone knows the directions to the real hike let me know! Thanks!

backpacking
3 months ago

Easy trail to do, even took my dog with me. Nice Sunday stroll

hiking
5 months ago

I heard awesome things about this place but couldn't find it. Anyone have info regarding the trailhead I'm down.

horseback riding
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

horseback riding
9 months ago

Monday, May 23, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Much less exciting than Gee Creek. First mile just up hill.