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Stevenson Branch Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Stevenson Branch Trail penetrates Chickamauga Gulch, a deep cleft in the side of the Cumberland Plateau, and passes by waterfalls, outcrops, and gorge views. There’s camping on Stevenson Branch at the end of the trail, and the Hogskin Branch Loop offers a shorter route back to parking."
--Russ Manning, 40 Hikes In Tennessee's South Cumberland (The Mountaineers Books).
Great trail with some interesting history. There is an old coal mineshaft that has been tunneled into the the side of the mountain. Also there is a under ground coal fire that has been burning since October of 2011. You can smell the fumes so don't be alarmed. I will say that if the wind is blowing the right way you can get a good whiff. there is a great scenic point about 2 1/2 miles in.
This is a great trail for a day hike. My most recent trip we hiked in from the top of the Mobray mountain. Thirty minutes into the hike we got caught in a sporadic rain shower, but turned into a nicely surprising hike down to the Stephenson campsite. Great views and a couple of waterfalls make this trip worth a little rain.
I've hiked and photographed this trail and creek many times. It is nice for a short hike for birdwatching or wildlife photographing or a longer hike up to the top of the gorge for a lovely view.
Beautiful falls, caves & scenic overlooks. Trail a bit narrow & make a note of turn at the first falls.
I hiked most of the trail to a very nice overlook that allowed you to see the gorge very nicely. Trail was in decent shape for the most part. There were lots of water falls due to recent rain which was an added bonus. Plan on hiking it again this weekend.
Only down side was litter on some sections of the trail from irresponsible hikers. That was the only drawback. Otherwise, a beautiful trail.
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