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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
987 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

rock climbing

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
5 hours ago

Wow! What a trail. Made it up to the overlooks of the Hiawassee River. Strenuous, but doable. Beautiful views worth the effort. However, following the actual trail as shown on AllTrails was impossible. We found ourselves in thick brushes and vines with plenty of thorns going up trying to meet the trail as shown. Found us wandering around in the woods, crossing the imaginary trail 4 times, never able to identify it! Noticed later that all the recordings of this trail by hikers seems to be different every time. Loved what we saw on the bluff, but ended up looking like we lost a fight with barb wire 藍 Needs a sign or two to help a hiker keep out of trouble.

hiking
5 days ago

Was a a tough climb and a lot steeper than I expected but it was a fun challenge and the view was more than worth it!

hiking
21 days ago

Did this hike twice. Both with children and a dog. beautiful views up top. nice areas to climb and children truly enjoyed. Be careful with drop offs with little ones and pets. Nice little river at bottom to hang out after the hike as well.

1 month ago

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

2 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
6 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.

hiking
8 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!

hiking
10 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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