Horse Creek

Total Miles


1376.57 ft


3 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Horse Creek is one of the many hidden gems of East Tennessee. This is an epic trail filled with multiple water crossings, rock ledges, steep grades, and scenic views. You will encounter a few switchbacks that are pretty tight toward the top of the mountain. This is an out-and-back trail that will take you on a journey from the campground/recreation area to the top of the mountain range that connects to "Big Butt" and "Gravel Knob" ~4800ft elevation. There is a great overlook and camp spot near the top of the trail that is worth checking out! Cell reception is spotty in some areas of the trail. There are multiple waterfalls along the way as well!


The trail is mostly a 5, but there are a few features that warrant a 6 rating.

Technical Rating


Access Description

Pass by the recreation area and campgrounds and continue straight into the trail at the end of the parking lot.