BMT: Segment 13b-13c (Childers Creek to Towee Creek)
ElevationAscent: 554' 169 m
Descent: -448' -137 m
High: 1,080' 329 m
Low: 771' 235 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“The Benton MacKaye Trail section from Childers Creek to Towee Creek.”— Richard Harris
Trail Description: From the JMT Childers Creek Trailhead (mile 110.6, WP 16), cross the creek on a wooden bridge and follow the JMT along the north edge of the Hiwassee River close to water level below a steep ridge with many rocky outcrops. At mile 113.6, pass through the Big Bend Picnic Area and soon cross the paved road and climb up the side of the ridge to a high point at mile 114.5. Descend to the Towee Creek Launch Site at mile 114.8 (WP 21).
Campsites: Camping is available at Hiwassee Outfitters (WP 17). There are three primitive campsites between the Childers Creek Trailhead and the Big Bend Picnic Area (WP 22, WP 23, WP 24). Use LNT practices. No camping is allowed in the Big Bend Picnic Area or anywhere within a 1/4 mile of the road along the river, but pit toilets are available at the Big Bend and the Towee Creek Trailheads. Hiwassee Whitewater Co./Flip Flop Burgers has tent sites, bunk house, showers and food.
Water Sources: Water is readily available from the Hiwassee River, Childers Creek (WP 16, D) and Towee Creek (WP 21, D) but must be sterilized. Beware: there are some farms upstream on Childers and Towee Creeks. Potable water is available at Hiwassee Outfitters and Webb Bros.
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