Chestnut Flats Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
#8 of 17 trails in

Chestnut Flats Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hunter, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and horses and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,686 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

horseback riding

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Start at the Griffith Branch Trail access off of Highway 91. This yellow blazed trail starts on a logging road, and there has been some recent logging, so the first part of the trail is fairly unexciting. Not too far in the logging road stops and the trail goes through rhododendron and beautiful forests. One stretch along a ridge promises to offer wide views of the valley when the leaves are down. About two-thirds of the way in, the trail merges with a forest service road, and then continues to provide access to other trails in the area: 2023 (Rye Patch) from Hinkle Branch and 2026 (Furnace Branch) from the Holston Mountain ridge. Overall this is a pleasant scenic hike through beautiful forest which can be used on its own or combined with other trails for longer hiking.

hiking
6 months ago

I just hiked ~half of the trail and back (3.5 miles). Good exercise. Some nice views and scenery but no major overlooks. Always nice just to be out in the woods. It was a steady uphill climb - nothing "flat" about Chestnut Flats.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017