Birchfield Camp Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Erwin, Tennessee that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.2 miles
1,916 feet

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The trail starts by going over an aging bridge that is slippery. The trail is an old logging road that starts off maintained. The trail leads to Higgins creek falls and then continues on up the creek. Birchfield creek is the first left path you come too. It is unmarked and overgrown

2 months ago

Great workout. You're climbing all the way up to the "pond". Would not recommend driving small cars up to the parking lot. The road get really rocky and is bit like off roading. There is now a sign on a tree that clearly marks the left turn you will need to make to keep following the trail. The pond, however, was almost dried up and wasn't much of a view, but it was a nice area to have a picnic. Definitely kicked my butt on the way up.

11 months ago

This hike isn't for everyone! Its almost straight up & you cross the creek several times, but once you get there its totally worth it! The first waterfall you come to is not that far, but is so beautiful! Will definitely hike again!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It was a great hike with beautiful views. The day I hiked it it had rained a lot that week and the night before which made for full, beautiful falls. However, the the lake was nearly completely empty which made for a disappointing experience at the top, only because I was anticipating a nice swim to cool off. Still an awesome hike!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Parking situation changed. See my track recording!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Just really interested in a pond on top of a mountain. Does anyone know if there's fish on there? I've never been of course but I had to rate to make a post.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

This was a hard hike! Uphill until you reach the "Lake". This was a beautiful hike, found people up to the first Waterfall, and once we went past it, we only found one more couple and their dogs.
Well, the only reason why I did not put 5 stars was because I was expecting a lake... however what you will find is a retaining Pond. So thinking I was going to see a Lake, to find a Retaining pong was not was I was expecting and it was disappointing... But the hike itself was awesome and such a workout!
So after going uphill for what seems forever, you will find somewhat of an intersection, A tree on your left has a carving of the letters H & G (if i remember correctly) this is where you have to make a left and follow that trail to the "Lake/Pond". Then once you make that left, its so wonderful and strenuous hike up, worth it! just cause the hike itself, not so much the pond....
Hope this helps and does not discourage to get to know this area, its worth it for sure, just don't go expecting to see a lake at the end! :-)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Not the easiest hike but oh so very worth it. My girlfriend and I went on an overcast day and got rained on a good bit but the trail was extremely beautiful and it was very secluded. The sun came out as we headed back down the mountain which made for an even more beautiful return trip. The most only heightened the creek and falls.

Monday, August 01, 2016

only made it to the first waterfall (maybe 1.5 miles), but was a good hike.. hope to go back very soon and get to the lake.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Great hike. Long sustained climb once you turn onto birchfield creek. It kept my heart rate elevated! 5 stars because of the solitude and the pond at the top. Trail on birchfield camp is washed out in a lot of places, but it made it a really interesting scramble. Just keep following the creek up. I would recommend waterproof shoes and maybe trekking poles depending on the time of year. There were a lot of creek crossing. There was also snow and below freezing temperatures the day I completed this hike. It took about 3 hours including a detour when I followed lower higgins creek up to some of the upper waterfalls. There really aren't any long range views if you follow this trail and turn around at the pond.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

It was a long hike and just when you think the trail wont end you see the old log truck . Beautiful views of the lake, and a great place to stop and have lunch.

3 months ago

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Friday, August 26, 2016