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Caney Creek Trail

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Old motor cycle trail - narrow roadbed (class 'B')singletrack. Ascends the western hip of Hogback Mountain to its relatively flat and wide lower ridge, rising and dropping as it crosses the headwaters of Sylco Creek.
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Trail Directions
Way back in there! Find your way to Sylco USFS campground. Most direct route from Chattanooga is go up to Cleveland and take US 64 toward the Ocoee River. Turn right on Cookson Creek Rd., about 2.5 miles after jct. with US 411, at the store. Follow this snaky road (later Baker Crk. Rd) back past Sugarloaf Mtn. and the 'Y' camps where it turns to gravel and becomes FS 55. Take this through the 5-way intersection and then apx. 5.8 miles, where at the bottom of Sylco Ridge (that you just drove over) a small forest road (FS 302) is on the left. Take this rough road back to the dirt mounds/parking/camping area, about 0.8 mile. Sylco Trail is straight ahead over the dirt mounds and along the creek. Caney Creek Trail starts over to the right, behind the kiosk posted "no motorized vehicles". From North Georgia get to the intersection of GA 2 and US 411,where you'll see a pretty stone church on the right. Turn right here on Old US 2 (FS 16) and follow it about 8.7 miles and cross the bridge over the Jacks River. Continue straight (into Tennessee), now on FS 221, which takes you apx. 4 miles (past Sylco campground) to the right turn onto FS 302.
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6+ miles
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Review Date
December 6, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

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Reviewed by: Tim C. , from Rock Spring, GA

Head past the kiosk and cross Dutch Creek. Soon begin a steep climb up a rutted jeep trail, after which you begin riding rolling ups and downs, crossing small streams and enjoying the pace. The trail was quite leaf covered, but surprisingly obstacle-free. The toughest climb is the first half mile or so, and is also the most technical part. Other steep climbs are fairly short and non-technical. There are occasional blazes of various colors, but I think the "official" ones are white. Definitely needs some TLC on the north end with all the deadfall - impassable at this posting. Cool out and back, though, one of those that gives two great rides. Great winter views. This trail needs riders, it's lonely!! 3 wheelies for untapped potential.

Recommended Route:
I only did an out & back of about 12 miles r/t. At about 3.75 miles, after crossing FS 374 (which you've been snaking near for a half mile or so), there is a junction with the old Sylco Motorcycle trail on the left. According to my maps, this heads down the ridge to an area of intertwining jeep roads and trails that could take you back to the Sylco Creek Trail to the west. I continued up and over the north end of Hogback Ridge to about the six mile mark when deadfall and impending nightfall caused me to turn back. Presumably the trail heads down the ridge toward Big Creek and the Ocoee River. Can anyone tell us more?

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Iron Mountain, Sylco Creek, Whitewater Center, Chilhowee

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