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South Fork Citico Creek Trail #105

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

8.1 mile 13.1 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,649' 807 m
Descent: -74' -22 m
High: 4,332' 1,320 m
Low: 1,726' 526 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Shaun Anon

South Fork Citico Trail is the main wilderness trail, following its namesake and intersecting with several other trails.

Shaun Anon

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Commonly Backpacked

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Need to Know

The trailheads were not marked. If I ever needed a map, it was here. Consider taking a map or using the Hiking Project mobile app to help with navigation.

Description

Note: My description is from the trailhead on Indian Boundary Road. Most trail descriptions start at the wilderness boundary, ignoring 0.5 miles of trail.

From the small parking spot, follow an old bridle path for a half mile until it reaches the wilderness boundary and follows the old road along Citico Creek.

At 0.8 miles, you reach the remnants of an old logging camp. North Fork Citico Creek #98 veers to the left and is marked with a post but no sign. At 1.2 miles you'll find on the opposite bank, Ike Camp Branch, marking the beginning of Brush Mountain Trail #97. There is no sign here, nor post, the only marking of the trailhead being a pink ribbon tied in the lower branches of a tree and a matching ribbon in the lower branches of a tree across the stream.

Around two miles, the trail appears to dead end into a deep crossing, directly across from what appears to be an overgrown trail, possibly an old segment of the South Fork Trail. Turn to the right and up the hillside to continue.

At nearly 2.5, you'll have to ford the stream, shortly before seeing the lone signless post that marks Grassy Branch Trail #91.

Around mile three, the trail turns to the left and begins a steep incline up to the knob and the railroad grade found there. Along this grade the trail alternates between wide rail bed and narrow ridge side foot path. This section is littered with steel cable, remnants of a logging past.

This section also highlights some of the work done this past summer rehabilitating this trail. Evidence of eroded ridge side trail cleaned with pick and shovel, trimmed rhododendron branches laying about, and nearly impassable groves of briar cut and tamed, for now.

Flora & Fauna

Bear, boar, and raccoons.

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Aug 30, 2019
Shaun Anon
Sep 20, 2018
Shaun Anon
Sep 19, 2018
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Photos

This hound doesn't think the Pack Animal prohibition applies to him.
Mar 29, 2017 near Robbins…, NC
South Fork Citico Creek
Sep 23, 2018 near Vonore, TN
Waterfall and swimming hole next to the trail.
May 21, 2019 near Vonore, TN
Breakneck Bridge
Sep 5, 2018 near Vonore, TN
Signless Post marks Grassy Branch trails northern end
Sep 23, 2018 near Vonore, TN

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