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.

2.5 miles
1030 feet
Out & Back


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.

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23 days 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!

2 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.