Chestnut Mountain Bluff

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Chestnut Mountain Bluff is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Delano, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles
987 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


rock climbing






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 the path that leads up to the bluff.

1 day ago

The hike is steep but the view at the top is so worth it. Can’t wait to go again.

21 days ago

Loved climbing the rocks and the views of the river were great. At some points you may have to get on all four extremities. The trail doesn't go all the way to the top but there are still some awesome overlooks. once you get to a bunch of fallen trees you'll have to turn around.

3 months ago

This was a pretty good hike. absolutely beautiful. Lots & lots of hills....the scenery is so beautiful!

4 months ago

If you are using Google Maps for directions then they will take you to the exact spot described above. Keep in mind there is only room for about 3-4 cars by the trailhead. I am not sure how far down you would have to go for another spot.

The drive in is nice, especially in the fall. The trail is exceptionally difficult to follow at times, even from the beginning it is easy to lose it but this was mainly due to the amount of leaves coating the ground when I went. One thing to keep in mind is that even if you do lose the trail, which I did several times, you will still end up at the right spot near the end.

The trail does follow a cliff edge for the latter half of the hike. It is straight down but there is plenty of space and there are trees to help you along the way. The trail is rather steep and you will be going straight uphill for the majority of the hike. You will need to use your hands to climb in some sections and lift yourself up over rocks. If it has rained recently I would recommend skipping this trail unless your confident in your ability. The hike is steep but very short. It probably takes about 30 minutes at most to reach the overlook of the river.

The return was definitely easier to see the trail but some spots were more difficult going down than up, especially areas that required climbing. This is very basic climbing that shouldn't be an issue to anyone in shape or confident in hiking.

Overall a really fun quick trail if you want a challenge, but there are definitely better options out there.

6 months ago

The hike to the overlook was straight up and very rocky. Definitely watch your footing! The trail is not well marked, but isn't too difficult to figure out. It's a tough hike up, but the views are well worth it!

8 months ago

This location is often mistakenly referred to as `Starr Mountain'.

These bluffs are found on the southeastern edge of Chestnut Mountain and offer spectacular views overlooking the Hiwassee River.

The hike is very steep and strenuous.

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