Horseback Riding

Southern Cherokee National Forest Horse Trails

In the Cherokee National Forest (CNF), hiking is allowed on all trails even though some trails are “designated use” for Mountain Bikes, Motorcycles, or Equestrian. Please show courtesy, cooperate, and abide by the “share the trail” rules

Annual CNF Passes may be purchased at the Ocoee Whitewater Center or any other CNF office. Phone 423-472-9700 for information.

Maps

Trail maps available from CNF- http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/cherokee/maps-pubs

Tellico & Ocoee Rivers (a CNF map that includes Hiwassee Scenic River, Benton MacKaye Trail, Cherohala Skyway, Ocoee Whitewater Center, and Cohutta, Big Frog & Citico Creek Wilderness areas) hiking trails, mountain biking trails, equestrian trail map.

http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/maps/travel-and-hiking-maps/trails-illustrated-hiking-and-recreation-maps/tennessee/781-tellico-and-ocoee-rivers-trail-map

Horseback Riding Outfitters

Blanche Manor, Copperhill – 423-496-1060 – www.blanchemanor.com
Coker Creek Village (groups only) – 423-261-2310 – www.cokercreekvillage.com
Shaw Hollow Farms, Tellico Plains – 423-253-7713 / 423-519-7713

Trail Designation Color Coding – Black, Blue, Red, Green, Purple.

Black – Designated Hiking Trails. Foot traffic ONLY.
Blue – Designated Mountain Biking Trails. Hiking is allowed. Equestrian use prohibited. Mountain bikers please yield to hikers. Mountain bikes are prohibited in wilderness areas.
Red – Designated Equestrian Trails. Hiking is allowed. Mountain bikes are prohibited.
Green – Shared-use trail: Open to foot traffic, mountain bikes and equestrian use. Motorized prohibited.
Purple – Designated Motorized trial. Hiking, mountain biking and equestrian are allowed. Motorized use limited to motorized trail bikes and motorcycles.

Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger District

(Lengths are one-way)

Conasauga River Trail – FS Trail 61 – Length: 4.6 miles. Rated: Easy. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorized use and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Blue Ridge Trail – FS Trail 62 – Length: 2.9 miles. Rated: Easy/Moderate. Multiple use trail – Hiking and equestrian. Motorized use and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Sylco Trail – FS Trail 75 – Length: 11.0 miles. Rated: Easy. Shared Use Trail – Hiking, Mountain Biking, and Equestrian.

Smith Mountain – FS Trail 81. Length: 3.5 miles. Rated: Moderate. Multiple use trail: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Equestrians, and Motorcycle.

Unicoi Trail – FS Trail 82. Length: 5.8 miles. Rated: Moderate. Multiple use trail: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Equestrians, and Motorcycle.

Chestnut Mountain Trail – FS Trail 104. Length: 3.8 miles. Rated: Moderate. Multiple use trail: Hiking and Equestrians. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Coffee Branch Trail – FS Trail 105. Length: 7.9. Rated: Moderate. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Cooper Gap – FS Trail 119. Length: 7.6 miles. Rated: Moderate. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Starr Mountain Horse Trail – FS Trail 120. Length: 3.5 miles. Rated: Easy. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Bullet Creek Horse Trail – FS Trail 121. Length: 3.0 miles. Rated: Easy. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Burkett Ivins Horse Trail – FS Trail 122. Length: 0.6 miles. Rated: Moderate. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Yellow Creek Trail – FS Trail 123. Length: 1.7 miles. Rated: Easy. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Bullet Creek Spur – FS Trail 124. Length: 0.6 mile. Rated: Easy. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Hogback Horse Trail – FS Trail 126. Length: 4.0 miles. Rated: Moderate. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Hogback Spur Trail – FS Trail 127. Length: 1.5. Rated: Moderate. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Hemp Top Trail – FS Trail 145. Length: 5.0. Rated: Difficult. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Tellico Ranger District

(Lengths are one-way)

Unicoi Trail – FS Trail 82. Length: 5.8 miles. Rated: Moderate. Multiple use trail: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Equestrians, and Motorcycles.

Fodderstack Horse Trail – FS Trail 95. Length: 12.5 miles. Rated: Difficult. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Pine Ridge Trail – FS Trail 99. Length: 3.6 miles. Rated: Difficult. Multiple use trail – Hiking and Equestrian. Motorcycles and mountain bikes are prohibited.

Unicoi Mountain Trail – FS Trail 117. Length: 7.9 miles. Rated: Moderate. Shared use trail – Equestrian, Mountain Bike and Hiking.

Little Citico Horse Trail 1 – FS Trail 165-1. Length: 1.5. Rated: Easy. Multiple use trail – Mountain Bike and Equestrian. Motorcycles are prohibited.

Little Citico Horse Trail 2 – FS Trail 165-2. Length 5.6. Rated: Difficult. Multiple use trail – Equestrian, Mountain Bike and Hiking. Motorcycles are prohibited.

Little Citico Horse Trail 3 – FS Trail 165-3. Length 6.2. Rated: Difficult. Multiple use trail – Equestrian, Mountain Bike and Hiking. Motorcycles are prohibited.

Brookshire Creek Trail – FS Trail 180. Length 5.7 miles. Rated: Moderate. Multiple use trail – Equestrian, Mountain Bike and Hiking. Motorcycles are prohibited

Southern Appalachian Back Country Horsemen www.sabch.org

Suggested reading: Cherokee National Forest Hiking Guide; the Harvey Broome Group of the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club

Cherokee National Forest
www.fs.fed.us/r8/cherokee

Ocoee/Hiwassee District Office
3171 Hwy 64
Benton, TN 37370
423-338-3300

Tellico District Office
250 Ranger Station Rd
Tellico Plains, TN 37385
423-253-8400

Tennessee State Parks
www.tnstateparks.com

Hiwassee /Ocoee Rivers State Park
Spring Creek Road
Delano, TN 37325
423-263-0050