Gee Creek to Iron Gap Loop via Chestnut Mountain Trail and Coffee Branch Trail

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Gee Creek Wilderness

Gee Creek to Iron Gap Loop via Chestnut Mountain Trail and Coffee Branch Trail is a 12.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Reliance, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,395 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The trail crosses active railroad tracks just past the trailhead. Please use extreme caution when crossing the tracks and refrain from walking on or along the tracks. Gee Wilderness has a couple of trails that take you on a nice quiet hike. The area is damaged by the pine beetle blight on a windy day this would not be the hike to do. You will gain all the elevation in the 1st 3.0 mi. The trail begins by following up an OTV road for 1 and 3/4 miles. At this point you leave the OTV and turn left up a hiker/horse trail, with several deep pits. Since the trail has horse traffic be prepared for mud. From this trail, in winter, you will have good views of the surrounding area and Star Mountain. Continue the up hill trail for 2 1/2 more miles before you descend to Iron Gap. This is a good place for lunch. This area is open to hunters in the fall and spring so be sure to call ahead before hiking or wear plenty of orange just in case.

Not for the faint of heart or the novice; this loop will kick your butt, especially if you carry a heavy pack. However, it is an awesome workout, but you will not want to see these two trails (104 - Chestnut Mt. and 105 - Coffee Branch) for a while after you finish. Parking, however, is excellent with plenty of room at the Lost Corral Horse Camp. Be prepared for mud and rocks (as both trails are also used by horses), and in dry conditions, water will be very scarce. Only one great view in the Spring/Summer on 105, but many on this trail in late Fall and Winter.

1 month ago

Nice for a half marathon trail run. If you make it a loop, according to my iPhone’s AllTrails app GPS, it makes it about 13.3 miles. A few spots have great distance views. A little rocky going up, but it is what it is... nature.

Nice hike/run. unexpected views here and there.

Mon Mar 05 2018

it's ok. like everyone else says, very rocky most of the trail and horses do this trail. also about 3 miles in, a fresh water stream floods the trail so you have to go off trail. also very thick with brush & trees at times. lastly not really any great views even during winter.

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Sun Oct 01 2017

Very rocky trails. Be prepared to lose horseshoes.

Fri Aug 18 2017

Easy trail to follow. No real views, unless you loop back via the Coffee Branch Trail (recommended). I've done the loop twice and ran into the same couple both times!!!

Thu Feb 09 2017

Trail is more of a horse trail. Not many views, and small rocks ....more like hiking on a gravel road. It's 3.5 miles of "up hill" so worse case it's a good work out!

Wed Feb 01 2017

There are much better Trails in this part of Tennessee but this one is good and convenient to the highway. Loose footing and all the horse dung are a little annoying but it's a decent hike and pretty at sunset

Thu Jan 19 2017

Made me wish I was riding my horse!

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