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Coldspring Mountain Trail

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Climb to 4,800 feet on a ridgeline to the NC/TN border with views, connects to Horse Creek Jeep Trail and beyond.


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1.9

Miles

3.0

KM

Doubletrack

4,801' 1,463 m

High

4,141' 1,262 m

Low

700' 214 m

Up

40' 12 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

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Old logging roads permit bikes unless marked otherwise.

Need to Know

Rocky Fork State Park has a small gravel parking area with picnic tables, bear resistant refuse cans and portable toilets. No charge for admission or parking.

Description

Access to the Coldspring Mountain Trail is through Rocky Fork State Park and into the Cherokee National Forest on the Headwaters Extension trail. Turn left at the end of the Headwaters Extension trail onto the grassy and sometimes rocky doubletrack along the ridgeline and the start of Coldspring Mountain Trail.

After approximately 0.5 miles, the trail begins to climb again, with some steep sections for another 0.75 miles. About a mile from the start, in the middle of a right turn, there is a short foot path to large rock outcroppings with an expansive view over Rocky Fork State Park and beyond.

From here, the trail travels through dense rhododendron thickets, partly buried boulders and a few black mud bogs of unknown depth (you can walk around them) and the trail becomes narrower and a little overgrown in some spots. Don't forget to make some noise through this part as there are some blind corners in the narrow trail through the thickets and there are usually a lot of bear tracks on the trail, especially when the blueberries and elderberries are ripe.

At about 1.5 miles from the start, the trail breaks out of the thickets into a large open area with a solitary pine tree. At the far end of the open area, near the TN/NC border, the trail intersects the Horse Creek Jeep Trail and the Appalachian Trail (the AT is foot traffic only). Now it's reverse course and about seven miles almost all downhill back to the Rocky Fork State Park parking area.

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Photos

View to the east over Rocky Fork State Park and the mountains beyond, just off the main trail.
Sep 11, 2020 near Flag Pond, TN
Rhododendron thickets with elderberry and blackberry.
Sep 11, 2020 near Flag Pond, TN
Clearing near the end of the trail.
Sep 11, 2020 near Flag Pond, TN
Bear paw print on the trail, one among many.
Sep 11, 2020 near Flag Pond, TN

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