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John Muir National Recreation Trail

  I have not hiked this trail since at least 2005.  However, what I remember is that it is a beautiful trail from Reliance (HWY 315) to Appalachia Powerhouse along the broad, rapid, and glorious Hiwassee River.  However, upstream from the powerhouse, there is almost no river and my last time on that part of the trail (October, 2002) I remember lots of mosquitos and a poorly maintained trail.  I only followed it a mile or two upstream from the powerhouse because
    there was no river and my goal had been to hike along the beautiful Hiwassee River.  I mistakenly thought the river came out of Appalachia Dam and the trail would follow it the entire way.  However, because the river is not released
until Appalachia Powerhouse, hikers need to know that the only section of this that actually follows a big broad river are the five or six miles between Appalachia Powerhouse and Highway 315.  However, those few miles are just beautiful for anyone who likes flat hiking along a giant mountain river!
Says George Pilzer

You'll have to go far from Athens to get to John Muir National Recreation Trail but it is a fun place to hike for the whole family. We all
 
need to get out in nature once in a while and John Muir National Recreation Trail in Polk County, Tennessee is the outdoors at it's best. Hiking trails like this one are plentyful in the Great Smoky Mountains where wonderful nature is waiting for you.


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These outdoors activities are available near John Muir National Recreation Trail.
 Trails Near John Muir National Recreation Trail:
Ivy Trail, Monroe County , 4 miles away
Rock Creek Trail, Polk County , 6 miles away
Oswald Dome Trail, Polk County , 8 miles away
Lowry Falls Trail, Polk County , 8 miles away
Gee Creek Trail, Polk County , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near John Muir National Recreation Trail:
Lost Creek, Reliance , 4 miles away
Thunder Rock, Reliance , 8 miles away
Quinn Springs, Reliance , 9 miles away
Hiawassee/Ocoee SRSP - Gee Creek, Reliance , 10 miles away
Gee Creek Campground, Polk County , 10 miles away
 Whitewater Near John Muir National Recreation Trail:
Wolf Creek, Polk County , 3 miles away, Class IV+ - 2.3 miles long (FR to Hiawassee River)
Little Loss Creek, Polk County , 5 miles away, Class -blank- - 2 miles long (into Big Loss Creek)
Whitewater Outfitter - Hiwassee Outfitters, Polk County , 5 miles away, Whitewater outfitter
Coker Creek, Polk County , 6 miles away, Class III-IV(V) - 6 miles long (Highway 68 to Hiwassee River)
Goforth Creek, Polk County , 6 miles away, Class IV-V - 5 miles long (to Ocoee)
 Public Lands Near John Muir National Recreation Trail:
Obed Wild & Scenic River, Wartburg - TN , 51 miles away
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 68 miles away
Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park, Tennessee , 6 miles away
Fort Loudoun State Park, Tennessee , 27 miles away
Fort Mountain State Park, Georgia , 31 miles away
 Hotels Near John Muir National Recreation Trail:
Ocoee River Inn, Duck , 9 miles away
Red Roof Inn Etowah, Etowah , 11 miles away
Motor Inns Of America, Madisonville , 19 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge , 19 miles away
Reid Ridge Lodge, Blue Ridge , 19 miles away
 Lakes Near John Muir National Recreation Trail
Campbell Cove Lake, Polk County , 6 miles away
Yeller Nugget Lake, Monroe County , 7 miles away
Apalachia Lake, Cherokee County , 8 miles away
Hiwassee Lake, Cherokee County , 17 miles away
Parksville Lake, Polk County , 17 miles away

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