Jack Branch Trail

At A Glance

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2.4 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 2.4
Steepness: Climbs Moderately
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Blaze Color: Blue
Trail Number: 299


Starting at the tip of the River Ridge Loop trail, Jack Branch climbs along an old road bed in places, while in others it slips away to amble along the ridge. The forest burned in the early 2000s in this area, giving it an open feeling except where it has filled back in thickly with Virginia and Shortleaf pines. Follows the ridge between Jack and Murray Branches, but spends more time over on the Murray side. Has some limited wintertime views.

Joins with FS 468 and follows it for a bit before splitting off to the right to finish the climb up to the state line ridge and FS 422 in Cherokee National Forest.

This trail is located in the Hot Springs area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Hot Springs trails list page.

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Jack Branch - Start to River Ridge Loop

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.26 mi

Jack Branch - River Ridge Loop Interior

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.36 mi

Jack Branch - River Ridge Loop to FS 468

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 1.79 mi

Jack Branch - FS 468 to FS 422

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking
  • Length: 0.95 mi

Total Calculated Length: 3.35 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.



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Alexana Wolf said: I tried to go here yesterday but it was completely grown over. It didn't look like anyone had been there in a while...The river ridge loop was somewhat overgrown but passable. I couldn't get more than 30 feet onto the Jack Branch trail before it was too thick and I turned around.

Monday, July 10 2017 3:51pm
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