Irishman Branch

Total Miles
3.1

Elevation

842.04 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Take a quick trip through the mountains on this scenic forest service road. There are multiple water bars (rain/erosion control mounds) that can catch you by surprise, so use caution throughout the trail. There is one spot in particular about halfway up the trail that stays muddy and rutted out; could possibly require 4wd. The trail narrows quite a bit towards the top, so some "trail striping" may occur depending on vehicle size. Scenic views of the Unaka Mountain range are visible towards the end of the trail. There are multiple spur trails along this route as well. Cell service is spotty so plan accordingly.

Photos of Irishman Branch

Irishman Branch
Irishman Branch
Irishman Branch

Difficulty

This is a mostly tame trail. The water bars could cause some issues for low-clearance vehicles. Shallow mud holes will be possible along the way.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Devan Hoffman
Apr 12, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Easy trail out and back. Any stick vehicle can do it. We went in the rain and still made it in 2wd. Some of the spur trails are rough and very narrow. Definitely will get you some new pinstripes going on the spur trails. There were a few small trees down we cleared those.
Slowest ...
Apr 07, 2024
4x4
Open
Mostly dry, a few mud puddles, Magnolias weren't too bad. Talked to some forest service workers scouting for a prescribed burn.
Jt Palaz
Mar 16, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
Cameron Howell
Mar 13, 2024
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Closed Gate
Gate was closed.

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