Explore the most popular forest trails near Unicoi with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This hike is absolutely beautiful. We even had trail magic waiting at the bottom. Such a perfect day.

Very well kept! Beautiful!!

Great hike and views. Steady incline the whole way up.

Moderate hike. Easy, steady incline for the first 3.5 miles and gets fairly steep from there to the top. There is a top parking lot for people who don't want to hike the lower 3.5 miles.

Not a difficult trail by any means, just long. The hike eventually got to my lower half after about the 3.5 mile mark, so the last mile was a little tough, but great views from the fire tower. Steps going up fire tower are pretty small, so take it slow so you don't slip. All in all it's a good trail, but probably just going to do this once.

longer trail, 4.8 up but it is a constant gentle climb. Have seen many rattlers up there the last 2 years so use caution if you have dogs

Well maintained trail. The views at the fire tower are breathtaking. This trail in my opinion is easy. I would rate it moderate only because of the mileage.

took this hike Saturday march 31 fantastic weather and very clear. it's a pretty strenuous hike hike but it was worth the effort and the views at beauty spot were Incredible. l will be doing this one again in the near future

5 months ago

Deep woods trail that makes you feel like you are deep in the wilderness. Which that isn’t far from the truth. I prefer to cut off this trail and go visit Lower Dicks Creek Falls.

Well maintained trail. Lengthy but the climb is gradual, so it isn't too difficult. Views are great if you are willing to climb to the observation deck. It is nice, large deck. Had my lunch there.

Loved this trail. Easy hiking but is 9 miles so still a good workout. When you get to the top the view is amazing!

Be prepared for an uphill battle. Well maintained trail with beautiful views.

Great hike, kids loved going up the tower.

Great, well marked trail with a fantastic view at the end that is worth the climb. It is a climb, however. So, be prepared to relentlessly walk uphill for 4 to 4.5 miles. It's a pretty gradual climb with only a couple steep spots. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of the distance and that is a in and out trail, so once you hike it up, you have to hike it back the same way. Can be a little repetitive and boring, but again, the views to me are worth doing it at least once.

horseback riding
10 months ago

We followed gps to this location with a loaded 20 ft horse trailer and the road leads to a private driveway (with not very understanding landowners) and had to back the trailer 1/4 mile to a place to turn around

Nice hike. Will be back next year when the mountain laurel is blooming. Trail is lined with hundreds of plants. Beauty Spot is phenomenal!

mountain biking
11 months ago

One of my favorites. Nice steady climb, and a fun decent back out. Beautiful views once you reach the tower.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

I was unable to find the trail-head even with GPS. It is easy to find the Carver road, but after few hundred yards it disappears and all you see small roads that lead to houses.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

made the entire trip took 5 hours but had to take several breaks its alot of steps for a 7 yrs old up the mountain and back next time were drivin to the gate lol the view is worth the hike trail head restrooms have always been clean on our visits

Sunday, June 04, 2017

So grown up we had to turn around before making it to the top. Challenging hike, though, if that's what you're looking for. Offers almost no views. There is pretty spot early on that crosses a stream, which the dogs enjoyed. I wouldn't do it again, but I definitely got a workout in.

If you go to the other direction (see my recording) you will see a very unique forest on the top of the mountain.

My husband and I attempted this trail today and only made it to the one mile marker and turned back. Why? We haven't hiked in months. Great trail with switchbacks but we are out of shape.

Trail. Park then proceed on gravel road that goes behind the small building from the parking lot. The parking lot accommodates about 6 cars but people were parking on the grass next to the main road. We ran into a guy running with his 2 dogs who weren't on leashes and one was 25 meters behind him. We found 3 piles of dog poo of which 1 pile was on the trail and the other 2 on the side of the trail. Please people put your dog on a leash and clean up their poop. Nice peaceful walk without a lot of people. We will go back.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Trail is a bit overgrown. Not much to see on it. At least you'll get some exercise.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Good, steep hike. Not the best maintained but it's doable. Can access stamping ridge and Unaka mountain from this trailhead.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fairly steep climb most of the way. Compared to other trails on this site I've hiked classified as "Hard", I think this hike is more than "Modetate". I enjoyed the challenge and solitude this trailed offered.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fantastic hike. I logged a little over 11 miles up and back and it took close to 5 hours. I went off the beaten trail a lot and looked at the wild orchids and many different Trillium species. If you really like wildflowers, this hike is for you!

Great Trail well Maintained. Few areas had a good workout. If go up to top make sure to have layers. Went from 62 to 43 when I went on 2/17/17.

trail running
Sunday, January 01, 2017

difficulty rating should be easy, 1000ft-ish gain over 4 miles of a well maintained trail. Great for trail running or easy weekend afternoon hike.

Monday, November 07, 2016

The only "hard"part of this trail is the distance. The elevation was great and the path was an easy travel. great hike!

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