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 1st most popular hiking trail of all 24 hikes in Tennessee.