McKee Branch Trail
ElevationAscent: 2' 1 m
Descent: -1,685' -514 m
High: 4,777' 1,456 m
Low: 3,091' 942 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“A rocky, sometimes muddy trail connecting the Cataloochee Divide to Caldwell Fork Trail.”— Max Willner
The trail steeply descends into a thick forest, and in about two miles comes to McKee Branch. This crossing may require a little dexterity, depending on the water levels.
At 2.4 miles, the trail comes to a conclusion at Caldwell Fork Trail.
As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders.
Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus).
For more information on black bears, refer to this webpage.
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