Yellow Bluff/Polly Branch Loop

MODERATE 5 reviews

Yellow Bluff/Polly Branch Loop is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sparta, Tennessee that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

7.9 miles 1643 feet Loop




nature trips





wild flowers


Wooded trails, waterfalls, creek crossings, wildlife and mountain views All trails are marked with dayglo tape. 75' from parking area is a connector trail to the Caney Fork River Trail, the Joe Hollway Rock House is on this trail. The trail is an old logging trail and follows the Caney Fork River. You will connect to the Polly Branch Falls Trail with views of Upper Polly Branch Falls. You will then connect to the Yellow Bluff Trail with side trails to Honey Pond, Boar Hog Gap Overlook and Yellow Bluff Overlook. From here continue on to end the loop hike to Scott's Gulf Road. Great year round hike but spring is a great time for wildflower lovers during peak season of mid-April there are over 50 varieties for viewing.

2 months ago

7 months ago

Great trail. I look forward to exploring more of the area. Trails aren't busy like the Virgin Falls trails. Easy to moderate hiking. This time of year the streams are dry or barely trickling,but still a great view of nature!

1 year ago

Hiked trails on 6-6-2015 with my buddy Dave. Trails were very, very poorly marked. Very few trail emblems posted along the way. Most of the trails were like off trails hiking, as it seems these trails hadn't had any recent activity on them. The hike would have been more enjoyable and comfortable with clearer and more frequent markings.

We did about 11 mikes and had a good day.

4 years ago

4 years ago

I hiked this trail on 4/19/12, the reviews here are a few years old and mention that the trail is not marked well. From what I saw there is plenty of signage now and I only saw one area that could use a sign.

That being said, the trail markers themselves are of the aluminum disc type with the hiker icon. These markers are of varying color which could be confusing to some people. I'd prefer to see the usual white blaze markers as they are hard to miss and are used on most TN trails.