3171 Highway 64
Benton , TN 37307
- 20.7 miles
- 9 - 11 hours
- Year Round
This trail follows the route said to have been taken by Sierra Club founder, John Muir, during his travels from Kentucky to Florida. Beginning at the Childers Creek trailhead near Reliance, TN and ending on FH 37 near Farner, TN, this trail follows the Hiwassee State Scenic River and provides access to several recreation sites and to the trophy section of the river between Childers Creek and Big Bend. It also provides some beautiful views of the Hiwassee River Gorge and the section from Childers Creek to Big Bend is famous for its wide assortment of wild flowers.
Steepness: Much of the grail has grades of 20% or steeper. Length: Trails are usually more than 8 miles, but short, steep trails may be included. Surface: Trail is most likely rocky, with uneven footing. May include many stream crossings.
Fishing, picnicking and rafting are easily accessed by the John Muir Trail It also provides access to seldom-visited areas of the Hiwassee River. Camping is allowed above the Powerhouse. For additional hiking experiences, the Unicoi Mountain Trail and the Coker Creek Falls Trail are accessible from the John Muir Trail.
Trail Information: Travel time is 10 hours. Trail is marked with white rectangles on trees at eye level.
Site Amenities: Restroom facilities are available at Big Bend, Towee and the Powerhouse Boating Site. Parking is also available at these locations and at Coker Creek Trail junction, Highway 68 and Forest Roads 311 and 37.
Requirements: Hiking only. Camping is not allowed along the trail between Childers Creek and the Powerhouse.