Summer’s Point Trail at Cherokee National Forest, Ocoee District

Benton, Tennessee

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This short, very steep, strenuous hike gives a spectacular result in reaching a point in which you can see far down to the river in two directions, watch the hawks fly by at eye level, and look down at technical climbers who are dangling below you, trying to reach your perch. This hike provides a king’s view of the wide Hiwassee River valley below you and makes you feel like your head is in the clouds. Though the hike is short, it is not a hike for beginners. The hike follows a streambed for the first part of the trail, after catching the trailhead across the railroad tracks. It then passes along a relatively flat, short stretch on flagstone, and even gives you a pretty little waterfall along the way. It then scrambles over rocks and tree roots in an all-out climb until you reach the first large rock outcropping perch and enjoy the view.
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Hiking Tennessee

by Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll (Falcon Guides)

This short, very steep, strenuous hike gives a spectacular result in reaching a point in which you can see far down to the river in two directions, watch the hawks fly by at eye level, and look down at technical climbers who are dangling below you, trying to reach your perch.

This hike provides a king’s view of the wide Hiwassee River valley below you and makes you feel like your head is in the clouds. Though the hike is short, it is not a hike for beginners. The hike follows a streambed for the first part of the trail, after catching the trailhead across the railroad tracks. It then passes along a relatively flat, short stretch on flagstone, and even gives you a pretty little waterfall along the way. It then scrambles over rocks and tree roots in an all-out climb until you reach the first large rock outcropping perch and enjoy the view.

© 2016 Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Benton
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ocoee Ranger District, 3171 Highway 64, Benton, TN 37307-5823; (423) 338-3300 (this trail is known but unnamed by the district)
Local Maps: USGS quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Summer’s Point Trail at Cherokee National Forest, Ocoee District

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