Knoxville, TN: Citico Creek Wilderness Loop

Plunge deep into quiet Appalachian hollows and traverse narrow ridgelines with views across row upon row of forested peaks.
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Plunge deep into quiet Appalachian hollows and traverse narrow ridgelines with views across row upon row of forested peaks.

Wilderness solitude requires some sweat equity on this two-night loop that packs 13,223 feet of elevation change into 21.3 miles. But the effort is well-rewarded with sweeping vistas, narrow ridgelines, hidden forest valleys, refreshing waterfalls—and very little company.

Gear up Little River Trading Company, 2408 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville, TN; (865) 681-4141; littlerivertradingco.com

Contacts (423) 253-8400; fs.fed.us/r8/cherokee 

BACKPACKER PRO Map Citico Wilderness ($20, backpacker.com/promaps/citico)

-Mapped by Peter Rives

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 34.2

Waypoints

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Location: 20.124569, -155.603335

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Location: 20.12606, -155.605609

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Location: 20.12606, -155.607774

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Location: 20.126383, -155.609087

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Location: 20.129143, -155.609365

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Location: 20.129606, -155.611329

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Location: 20.130092, -155.621174

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Location: 20.133418, -155.621324

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Location: 20.136053, -155.620781

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Location: 20.138716, -155.624234

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Location: 20.138598, -155.62731

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Location: 20.14181, -155.628604

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Location: 20.140626, -155.63462

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Location: 20.144554, -155.63659

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Location: 20.144477, -155.636613

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Location: 20.143316, -155.639869

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Location: 20.143501, -155.639999

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Location: 20.144452, -155.636688

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Location: 20.142576, -155.634391

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Location: 20.138568, -155.627377

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Location: 20.135518, -155.623515

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Location: 20.133628, -155.621357

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Location: 20.129874, -155.621264

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Location: 20.132548, -155.616618

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Location: 20.131557, -155.616577

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Location: 20.128987, -155.614127

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Location: 20.125947, -155.6078

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Location: 20.125939, -155.605416

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Location: 20.126722, -155.604219

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Location: 20.124869, -155.600273

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