Clemmer Trail

Ocoee, Tennessee 37361

Clemmer Trail

Clemmer Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The 11.4 total miles of this Cherokee National Forest out-and-back singletrack explores the Rock Creek Scenic Area just north of Lake Ocoee. Rock Creek is formed from four small springs gushing out of the upper slopes of Chilhowee Mountain. The stream drops over Benton Falls on its way to the lake formed by the backed-up waters of the Ocoee River, site of the 1996 Olympic white-water events.

An early spring ride down into the gorge most likely will give rise to the smell of the trailing arbutus, an intensely fragrant evergreen creeper. It, and the more common wild grape, are the likely candidates for what the Cherokee Indians were describing when they named this place Ocoee- "land of the apricot vine." In any case, the off-road riding here is as sweet as it gets. This route can be made into a 20-mile loop by riding a section of pavement (7 miles) and gravel (8 miles)."

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"This one throws the book at you. A long climb on Clemmer Trail takes you to Benton Falls, a great place for a break. Once on Clear Creek Trail, prepare for technical riding. This tight single track goes up, down and across the face of a cliff. The final downhill is a real rush. Highlights: Long climb, sand, boulder, gardens, bluffs, cliff."

Clemmer Trail Reviews

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This is a great short hike of moderate difficulty. I have hiked it several times and had a great experience each time. There is a well-maintained parking lot at the trailhead on TN 30, just off US 64. The trail is fairly steep in a few places (of course – it’s in the mountains of the Cherokee National Forest). I have seen people of all ages hiking the trail, including families with elementary school aged children. The trail is very well maintained, and the scenery is just beautiful every step of the way.
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We did this loop starting at the top of the mountain, making the loop longer using the azalea trail as access to clear creek and then we went down to hwy 30, and rode back the trail head to climb up the clemmer, and back to the car. The descent was very technical, extremely rocky, making my my fork bottom out and my ams feel like jello. But it was really really fun! Especially the jumps when you get near the end. I was amazed I made the entire thing without crashing because there were a few spots where I thought I was going to. Unless you are an expert mountain biker, there are some spots on the edge of the cliff where you have to ride over some boulders that will warrant you getting off your bike. The downhill was a a workout in and of itself, we had to climb when we were finished with the descent. And what a climb it was! It just kept going and going and going... Luckily the climb isn't nearly as technical as the descent because I wouldn't have made it other wise. I recommend this trail if you are not a beginner, and if you want a technically challenging and physically demanding trail.
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This is mainly a trail for Mountain Biking, however my husband and I hiked it with our dog. We found the trail toward Benton Falls to be very plain. Apparently there is a lot of logging going on in the area, so the scenery isn't as pleasant. Once you reach Benton Falls, the vegetation becomes much more dense and pretty. Benton Falls, itself, is beautiful and a great reward for the 1.6 mile hike through barren land. I recommend hiking the trail just to see the falls.
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Great trail, veiw of Benton Falls 1 mile in. Last 1/2 of trail very steep. You will cross 5 small streams along the way.There is a very nice small lake for swimming at the entrance.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
Ocoee Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, 423-338-5201.
Local Contacts
A map of the trail system is placed at the fee station.
Local Maps

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Oct 2018