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Polk County Tennessee Horse Trails

Starr Mountain Horse Trail Complex

Cherokee National Forest

Rating: Easy-Moderate

This trail complex offers riders a variety of opportunities ranging from short loop trails to long overnight rides and provides some spectacular views. Riders may choose Starr Mountain Horse Trail, which follows the crest of Starr Mountain, or Bullet Creek Horse Trail, which passes through the bottomland forest environment along Bullet Creek. For a short, challenging ride, try Burkett Ivens Trail, which takes riders through both forested and rocky terrain. No matter which trail is chosen, riders will be afforded breathtaking views of mountain streams, wildflowers in the forest.

Starr Mountain 5.5
Yellow Creek 1.2
Bullet Creek 2.7
Hogback 5.0
Bullet Creek Spur 0.7
Hogback Spur 1.8
Burkett Ivens 0.6

Trail is marked with white rectangles.


From the Ocoee/Hiwassee Ranger Station, travel west on Hwy. 64 for 3.5 miles to Hwy. 314. Travel on 314 till it ends at Hwy 411. Turn right and travel north on 411 about 6 miles to Hwy 30. Turn right on 30 and travel 6 miles to Hwy. 315. Travel north on 315 about 11 miles to Forest Road 44. Follow 44 to the top of the mountain where trail signs will be evident.

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