Chestnut Mountain Trail to Iron Gap

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Chestnut Mountain Trail to Iron Gap is a 10.3 mile out and back trail located near Reliance, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from September until February. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2808 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

forest

views

muddy

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.

horseback riding
16 days ago

Very rocky trails. Be prepared to lose horseshoes.

horseback riding
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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!!!

hiking
8 months ago

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!

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Made me wish I was riding my horse!

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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