Rye Patch

HARD 2 reviews
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Rye Patch is a 11.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Elizabethton, Tennessee that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and horses. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.3 miles
2867 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


horseback riding

trail running



Start at the Hinkle Branch parking area at the Rye Patch (2023) trail head. This trail intersects with both Chestnut Flats/Griffith Branch(2021) and Low Gap (2024). Sections of the trail are beautiful. An amazing tree is just beyond the Hinkle Branch crossing. And the upper portion of the trail from the Griffith Branch jct to 4071 is especially pleasant. There is currently some forest cutting along the lower portion of the trail. The trail is open but it certainly diminishes the beauty of that section.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This was one of the few bad experiences I've ever had while hiking. The trail was so overgrown and poorly blazed that I spent a good part of the day wondering if I was lost. The logging areas only add to the confusion. The last mile or so before the summit is so thick with Stinging Nettle that I wouldn't try this hike without gaiters or long pants. On the positive side this trail does offer a good workout!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Except for the forestry work on the lower section this is a beautiful trek up Holston Mtn.