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Hiking Club

South Citico Creek and Jeffery Hell Loop, Cherokee National Forest

  • 06/10/2023
  • 9:00 AM
  • Tellico Plains Visitor Center, 225 Cherohala Skyway, Tellico Plains, TN 37385


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We will explore the headwaters of South Citico Creek in the Citico Creek Wilderness on this car shuttle hike along Cherohala Skyway. Cars will be left at Rattlesnake parking area and we will shuttle over to Beech Gap. We begin hiking the Fodderstack Trail along the state line toward Strawberry Knob which is also a portion of the Benton MacKaye trail. In about 2 miles we turn off and head sharply downhill on the South Fork Citico Creek trail. At the bottom of the hill, we meet up with the creek and follow it downstream a ways through the Citico Creek Wilderness area. The trail makes a few crossings of the lovely creek (which could be high if rainy) At the Jeffery Hell trail we turn off and begin hiking back uphill to the Rattlesnake parking area and cars. Hike 6.5 miles with 1500 ft elevation gain. Rated moderate to difficult due to creek crossings and possibly overgrown trail conditions. Meet behind Ruby Tuesday at I-75 Exit 81, Lenoir City at 8:00 am or at Tellico Plains Visitor Center at 9:00 Drive 140 miles RT to trailhead. Carpool @ 10 cents per mile = $14.00 to driver.

Leader: Tim Bigelow

Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

PO Box 51592

Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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