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Iron Mountain Trail (IMT)
Rating: Average
Elevation: Varies
Length: 18.36 miles
Trailhead: FR 53
Managed by: Cherokee National Forest

Iron Mountain Trail: Cross-Mountain to Hwy 421
Rating: Average
Length: 5.0 miles Two trailheads (Need two cars)
Trailhead: Hwy 421; Cross Mountain Subdivision
Managed by: Cherokee National Forest
Directions: At the intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 67, go north on Hwy 421 towards Shady Valley. It is 6.5 miles to top of Iron Mountain. Parking area is on the left, leave one vehicle there. Continue on 421 to crossroads in Shady Valley 4.1 miles. Turn left onto Hwy 91, go 3.5 miles to Cross Mountain Road. Turn left and proceed 1.1 miles, look for radio towers on right. Park vehicle. The Iron Mountain Trail starts to the right of the gates to the Cross Mountain Subdivision. This trail is marked by blue blaze. About 100 yards from the road, the trail splits, take the right fork. Look for the Iron Mountain Trail post.
Notes: This trail proceeds along the ridgeline for 5.0 miles to Hwy 421. To the right of the trail is Doe Valley and to the left is Shady Valley. There are yellow mile markers at ground level.

Iron Mountain Trail: Hwy 421 to Corinth Church
Rating: Average
Elevation: 3,860' to 2,900'
Length: 8.7 miles Two trailheads (Need two cars)
Trailhead: Corinth Church; Hwy 421
Managed by: Cherokee National Forest
Directions: Start at intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 67. Go east on 67 (Main street) (two traffic lights) to Hwy 91, turn left and go North 6.8 miles to Deer Run Road, turn left, go 1.8 miles. Park one vehicle at the Corinth Church. Go back to Hwy 91, turn right (south) 6.8 miles. Turn right on Main Street, go to Hwy 421 and turn right. Proceed north on Hwy 421 towards Shady Valley. It is 6.5 miles to top of Iron Mountain. Parking area is on the left. Walk 150 beyond the parking lot on Hwy 421. The trail is on the right side of the road with steps leading up from the road. There is an Iron Mountain Trail marker there.
Notes: This trail is marked with blue blaze and has yellow metal mile markers at ground level. At mile marker 13, there is a trail to the right, which goes down to Corinth Church. This trail proceeds along the ridgeline of Iron Mountain. To the left side of the trail is Shady Valley and to the right side is Cold Springs.

Iron Mountain Trail: Corinth Church to Camp Ahistadi
Rating: Average
Difficult ascent from the church to Iron Mountain Trail
Elevation: 2,900' to 3,800' to 2,200'
Length: 6.0 miles Two trailheads (Need two cars)
Trailhead: Corinth Church; Camp Ahistadi
Managed by: Cherokee National Forest
Directions: Start at intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 67. Go east on Hwy 67 (Main street) (two traffic lights) to Hwy 91, turn left (north) 10.3 miles to camp Ahistadi and leave one vehicle there. Turn around and go back 3.5 miles to Deer Run Road, turn right go 1.8 miles and park at the Corinth Church.
Notes: From the Church to the Iron Mountain Trail is uphill and difficult. At the Iron Mountain Trail go right (north). Hike approx 3 miles and look for the trail to Camp Ahistadi on the right.

Iron Mountain Trail: Camp Ahistadi to Damascus
Rating: Average
Access trail from Camp Ahistadi to Iron Mountain Trail is Difficult
Length: 4.1 miles Two trailheads (Need two cars)
Trailhead: Old Hwy 91 (Damascus, VA); Camp Ahistadi
Managed by: Cherokee National Forest
Directions: Start at intersection of Hwy 421 and Hwy 67 go east on Hwy 67 (Main street) to second light Hwy 91, turn left. Proceed north 13.0 miles turn left to Old HWY 91. Proceed about 0.1 mile to Iron Mountain Trailhead (on left). Leave one vehicle on right side of road. Return to Hwy 91 and turn right (South) proceed 3.0 miles to Camp Ahistadi on the right. Park outside the fence. Negotiate the fence, follow road over the bridge. Turn right and follow the trail to top of mountain about 1.5 miles. At the Iron Mountain Trail post turn right and follow blue blaze to Damascus about 2.5 miles.

 

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