Hiking The John Muir Trail

The 2nd most popular hiking trail in Tennessee.

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Near Oneida in northcentral Tennessee, the 43 mile John Muir Trail follows the ridge above the 500 foot gorge formed by the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Starting at the O & W Bridge, the blue-blazed trail passes waterfalls, sandstone arches and bluffs and lush forests of oak, maple and poplar. The winding route ends at the boundary of Pickett State Forest. Watch out for wild boar.

To reach the hiking trailhead from US75, head west on SR63 into Oneida. Turn west on SR297 to the trailhead at Leatherwood Ford.

Overall, John Muir Trail is the 2nd most popular hiking trail of all 24 hikes in Tennessee.

John Muir Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Big South Fork National Recreation Area Visitors Center (423) 286-7275.

Recommended Book:  "50 Hikes in Tennessee" from Johnny Molloy

Best Season:  Mar - Nov

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Bandy Creek Campground (931) 879-4869

Luxury Loding:  Wildwood Lodge (931) 879-9454; Charit Creek Lodge (hike-in) (865) 429-5704

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/biso/

GPS:  36.496, -84.58

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  8/18/2016

ID:  7002

John Muir Trail Hiking Map


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