Meadow Creek Mountain Trail: Cedar Creek to Fire Tower

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Cherokee National Forest

Meadow Creek Mountain Trail: Cedar Creek to Fire Tower is a 15.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Greeneville, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length15.3 miElevation gain4,770 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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The Cedar Creek (CC) or eastern side of the trail in Greene County is found by turning onto Cedar Creek Rd off S. Hwy 70. Turn left onto Garrett Hill Rd, then right onto Cedar Creek CAVE Rd. Drive about a mile to find an unmarked logging road on the left. There is no sign for the trail because it does not officially start there. Contrary to what’s shown on NG map 782, the actual trailhead is located about a mile up this road on foot. Starting out, you'll immediately cross a stream that's clearly visible from the pull off area. Keep left and hike until the road Ts. Go right and proceed until you see the post for Forest Service Trail #6 MCMT on your right. The trail officially begins here. Reaching the top of the ridge, the trail continues on a beautiful, narrow backbone trek with the Blue Ridge Mountains to the south and the Tennessee Valley to the north. You’ll run into some brush, but nothing too difficult. In place of the elusive yellow blazes, pink plastic tape is copiously tied around trees every 100 yards. However, as the descent from Chuckey Mountain (the highest point on the ridge) begins to level off, scan to the right. The trail faintly reappears through a prominent patch of rhododendron leading around the next ridge. After about a mile, it ends on a well-defined horse trail - continue right. On this phase of the hike, there are enough un-mapped spurs to cause some second guessing, but with a little common sense, making it to the fire tower from this point should be no problem.

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