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Cherokee National Forest - French Broad River Vic.

Nolichucky/Unaka Ranger District

 

Location(s):
4900 Asheville Highway SR70
Greeneville, TN   37743

Region: East - Greene County

Additional Information: The area's wooded mountainsides and creek gorges are linked by an extensive road and trail system. Lying in a triangle between the Tennessee towns of Greeneville and Newport and Hot Springs, NC, the main routes into this area of the Forest are TN 70 and TN 107 near Del Rio. Enjoy the scenery from horseback on 35 miles of multi-use trails, most open also to mountain bicycles and foot travel. Hit the trail from Burnett Gap off TN 107 near Houston Valley. This trailhead accommodates 6-8 vehicles plus trailers. Another trailhead is located off Forest Road 209 near French Broad River at Weavers Bend. Explore Burnett Gap Trail #510A and Brush Creek Trail #510B, a loop system along the crest of Brush Mountain. The western end of Meadow Mountain Trail #6 can be accessed from a trailhead located off Long Creek Road. You can reach the middle portion from the trailhead at Burnett Gap. A portion of Paint Mountain Trail #7 is marked with blue blazes and has recently been re-designated to allow horses after previously being open for hiking only (the portion east of Lone Pine Gap is still hiking only) . It climbs Paint Mountain and intersects with Chimney Rocks trail #154 in about 2 miles. You can follow the Chimney Rocks trail (yellow blazes) back to the trailhead at Weavers Bend, a 6-mile loop. Or you can continue on Paint Mountain Trail (blazed yellow) to make larger loops using Forest Roads 54 and 54B and Trail #154A. No developed horse camping facilities are available on National Forest lands in the French Broad River vicinity.

Map: Cherokee National Forest - French Broad River Vic.