Saturday, February 17, 2007

Horse Creek

Ventured through the snow into Greene County, TN today. Horse Creek Recreation Area is a new discovery, so at this point I don't know much except to say it's a beautiful area to explore. It reminds me a bit of Rock Creek Park in Erwin; both are products of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) of the 1930s. There are picnic and camping sites, fishing, swimming and of course, lots of trails to hike. At least two waterfalls are nearby: Petes Branch Falls and Squib Creek Falls. While there are some bridges, in many places you'll have to hop across on rocks (not so easy on a snowy day). This park, located off of Route 107, is eight miles southeast of Greeneville and 20 miles southwest of Erwin.

Directions: From I-26 -- take the Erwin/Jonesborough exit #37. At the end of the ramp, turn west toward Jonesborough and take State Route 81/107 west for 6.5 miles, stay on Rt. 107 by turning left and continuing for 13.2 more miles. Turn left on Horse Creek Park Road and follow the signs as you drive 3 miles to a parking area on the left. It's possible to drive into the "back country", but you'll need a high clearance vehicle that can handle the rough road and make it over the creek crossings.

1 comment:

  1. I visited Squib Creek Falls this weekend for the first time. I had read about it in Kenneth Murray's Highland Trails. It was a relatively easy hike until the very end. The water level was up and there was no one else on the trail. It was a great afternoon hike. I'm hoping to go back to the Horse Creek area again this weekend and perhaps see Pete's Branch.


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