John Muir Trail

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Trail Distance: 20.7 miles
Time Estimate: 8 hr 50 min +
Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: $3
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Unknown
Description

The John Muir Trail is a 21-mile trail in the Cherokee National Forest, and it runs along the north side of the Hiwassee River in eastern Tennessee. This long-distance hike can be completed in one trip by experienced hikers, but many hikers choose to complete portions of it at a time. Your dog can hike the John Muir Trail with you, but they'll need to stay on a leash.

The first three-mile portion of the trail is a relatively easy section that even inexperienced hikers can complete. Once you reach the six-mile point, you'll come to a suspension footbridge that crosses the river by the Appalachia Power Plant.

At just shy of 12 miles, the John Muir Trails connects with the Coker Creek Trail. This will take you to the Coker Creek Scenic Area, which has stunning 40-foot waterfalls. Hikers are discouraged from swimming under the falls because there are often falling rocks. The trail continues for several more miles, and the end has been lengthened several times to accommodate visitors.

The John Muir Trail can be hiked throughout the year, but many visitors say spring or early fall is the best time. If you visit in the summer, you risk experiencing extreme heat. Luckily, there are plenty of places to take a dip along the hike, and you and your dog will enjoy refreshing yourselves in the cool water.

You'll need reliable footwear for this hike, and some visitors recommend using walking poles, although they aren't necessary. Be sure to pack plenty of water for you and your pup before the hike. Remove any waste you bring into the park and be sure to always clean up after your pet.

The John Muir Trail is a moderate hike that you can enjoy with your family, and you and your pup will have a blast exploring the mountains of Tennessee together.
Trail Features
Diverse Landscape
Waterfall
Cautions & Considerations
There are slippery spots along the trail, so be sure you're wearing sturdy footwear. If you plan to camp overnight along the trail, be sure to pick up a $5 permit ahead of time.
Address
John Muir Trailhead Childers Creek Road
Reliance, TN 37369
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Address
John Muir Trailhead Childers Creek Road
Reliance, TN 37369
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours