Big Arm

HARD 4 reviews
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Big Arm is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hunter, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles
853 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers

This is an old trail that is not being maintained by the forest service any more, but is passable, and a great way to descend the southwest ridge of Holston Mountain. A great loop hike can be accomplished from Big Creek Rd. by using the Old Dug Trail (ascent), then taking the Holston Mtn West trail along the ridge, continuing along the ridge to Big Arm and then descending

1 month ago

Re-hiked this trail today. The trail has been cleared somewhat on the lower sections (e.g. debris around the downed tree cleared). Peter's description is still apt. The trail is difficult to follow on the upper sections. Please do use a GPS. Still a useful and pleasant exit from this part of the mtn.

Friday, April 21, 2017

This trail is best taken down from Holston Mtn, it is pretty steep on the ascent. It does offer some good views in the spring/fall when the leaves are down. There is a small waterfall to enjoy and several stream crossings.

On the upper end, a logging/forest road bed has obliterated part of the trail. I have added waypoints to mark the intersections of the trail and the old road bed. The upper parts are also lesser defined and take some imagination to follow. Good news is the trail is easily recovered if you are following the uploaded route.

The upper part of the trail intersects the southwest ridge of Holston Mtn. You will need to extend your hike from the Holston Mtn west trail along the ridge. For some distance there is a lightly used trail on the ridge, then it intersects with an old road bed. Big Arm descends to the right just past a metal forest park notice on a tree (I stacked some rocks there as well.)

The lower end connects with a closed ATV trail shortly before reaching Big Creek Rd. If descending, turn left on that trail to reach Big Creek Rd.

Friday, April 21, 2017