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Polk County Tennessee Horse Trails

Chestnut Mountain Loop Trail

Pets must be restrained or on a leash at all times while in developed recreation areas.

Cherokee National Forest

Length: 5.7  miles
Rating: Moderate
Blaze: White

As it winds its way along the mountainside to Iron Gap, this trail takes riders into the beautiful Gee Creek Wilderness and gives them glimpses of pristine natural beauty. Vistas of the Hiwassee River Gorge and surrounding mountains add to the scenic setting. Horseback riding enthusiasts will find this moderate-to-difficult trail, which also ties in with the Starr Mountain Horse Trail Complex, an exciting challenge.

Travel time about 3 hours. Trail is marked with white rectangles, in the Gee Creek Wilderness, where care must be taken to stay on the proper trail.

Trail is designated for horseback riders. However, hikers may use the trail at their discretion.


From the Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger Station, travel west on Hwy. 64 for __ miles to Hwy. 314. Travel on 314 till it ends at Hwy 411. Turn right and travel north on 411 about 7 miles Spring Creek Road (entrance to Gee Creek Campground). Turn right and travel 1 mile to Lost Corral sign, turn left, cross the railroad tracks and bear to the right. Parking is available at Lost Corral.

Parking and dispersed camping are available at Lost Corral.

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