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Gentry Creek Falls Trail
Rating: Moderate
Elevation: 3,000' - 3,500'
Length: 2.5 miles each way (5 miles)
Trailhead: Gentry Creek Road (Laurel Bloomery)
Managed by: Cherokee National Forest
Directions: Start at intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 67. Head east on Hwy 67 (main Street) (two traffic lights) to Hwy 91 turn left (North) go 7.4 miles to Laurel Bloomery. Turn right on Gentry Creek Rd (across from A-Z market) go .7 miles, turn right. Follow that road (also Gentry Creek Rd) 1.8 miles and it turns into a dirt road, 0.2 mile beyond that there is a parking area to left, follow road to the right 1.8 miles (road is very rough and narrow). At end there is a wide spot to park.
Notes: Trail goes NE from here, crossing the creek 13 times. There are four log bridges. Gentry Creek Falls are actually two different falls, each about 30' high. During the early part of this century the railroad built a trestle to the top of the higher falls (the trestle is no longer there).

Cut Laurel Gap Trail
Rating: Average
Elevation: 2,887'
Length: 1.5 miles each way (3 miles)
Trailhead: Gentry Creek Road (Laurel Bloomery)
Managed by: Cherokee National Forest
Directions: Start at intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 67. Head east on Hwy 67 (main Street) (two traffic lights) to Hwy 91 turn left (North) go 7.4 miles to Laurel Bloomery. Turn right on Gentry Creek Rd (across from A-Z market) go .7 miles, turn right. Follow that road (also Gentry Creek Rd) 1.8 miles and it turns into a dirt road, 0.2 mile beyond that there is a parking area to left, follow road to the right 1.8 miles (road is very rough and narrow). At end there is a wide spot to park.
Notes: At the north end of the parking area, there are two trails. The one to the left leads to Gentry Creek Falls. The trail to the right leads up to Cut Laurel Gap. This is an old road that once came across the mountain, so it is not difficult to walk.

Rogers Ridge Horse Trail
Type: Hiking
Shared with: Equestrian
Rating: Moderate to Strenuous
Elevation: 2,640' - 4,640'
Length: 5.84 miles
Managed by: Cherokee National Forest
Directions: Start at intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 67. Head east on Hwy 67 (main Street) (two traffic lights) to Hwy 91 turn left (North) go 7.4 miles to Laurel Bloomery. Turn right on Gentry Creek Rd (across from A-Z market) go .7 miles, turn right. Follow that road (also Gentry Creek Rd) 1.8 miles and it turns into a dirt road, 0.2 mile beyond that there is a parking area to left. Park here, wade the creek and follow the trail up the mountain.
Notes: This trail is primarily a horse trail. It travels through the extreme northeast corner of Tennessee.

Mount Chestnut
Rating: Average
Elevation: 3318' - to 3900'
Length: 6 miles (3 miles each way)
Directions: Driving Distance to trailhead: 16 miles. In Mountain City start at intersection of Main Street and Hwy 421. Head east on Main Street (two traffic lights) to Highway 91 turn left (North) go 7.4 miles to Laurel Bloomery, turn right at Gentry Creek Road, turn left at Sugar Creek, turns into Dry Branch, go (several miles) to stop (road is a T) turn right, at approximately 16.miles look for small parking lot on right and barricade at start of trail.
Notes: At the trailhead there are two no parking signs, go between signs and take the upper road. Go a short distance and there will be a forest service gate, less than another mile there will be another gate and a small waterfall. Stay on the logging road at about 1 mile there will be a logging road that veers to the left, take that and proceed at a constant assent. There is a series of waterfalls at the end of the trail.
The trailhead is in VA, but the trail reenters TN within a couple of hundred yards.

 

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