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Jack's Branch Loop



12.3 mile 19.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 1,268' 386 m
Descent: -1,352' -412 m
High: 978' 298 m
Low: 633' 193 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)


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Trail shared by Bryce Mihalevich


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A smooth flowing loop with a few technical sections and a grand overlook.

Bryce Mihalevich

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

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$3 day use fee. No camping allowed at trailhead.


Jack's Branch Loop is blazed in yellow and is recommended to be ridden counter-clockwise.

The north side of this loop, ridden from the Scrappy Mountain trailhead and the Bad Branch trailhead counterclockwise, is beginner friendly. The south side of this loop offers more technical rock navigation and elevation gain.

The south section of the trail has three "Bail Out" options that have been marked for those who start and decide they are not up for the entire trip. These are simply woods roads that intersect the trail and lead the rider back to Green Mountain Road. They are marked "TO GREEN MTN RD" with an arrow pointing in the correct direction. White aluminum blazes have also been installed along the road to help riders find their way. At intersections, the top of the blaze will be slanted in the direction you are supposed to go. Once back to Green Mountain Road, going left will take you back to Bad Branch Trailhead and right will take you to Scrappy Mountain.

The Blanchard Spur is a hiking trail (blazed in green) contained mostly within the Jack's Branch loop. As the name implies, it is a spur trail that connects the Jack's Branch Loop to the Blanchard Springs Campground. It is marked with yellow blazes with a black "S". Blanchard Springs Campground is the closest campground to the Syllamo trails. This campground is $10 per site.


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Oct 14, 2019
Adam Leslie
Trail was in great shape. No trees and looked like it had been weed-eated recently. Had to bail on the last 3 miles and ride the road due to sunset. 9.7mi
Aug 16, 2017
Ed Wilcox
Jacks branch was a tangle of down trees, high grass, and briars. Ran into a Forrest guy and he said they should have it trimmed by 9/1/17
May 5, 2017
Dave Murray
Jan 31, 2016
Adam Eisan
Aug 24, 2015
Adam Leslie
Completely Overgrown 2.1mi
Apr 17, 2015
Dave Murray
Great fast and flowing trails with several technical rock sections.
Jun 26, 2014
Timothy White
May 16, 2010
Paul Stahlschmidt

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