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blue Mysterious Cabin Loop

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9.1 mile 14.6 kilometer loop
92% Runnable


Ascent: 1,215' 370 m
Descent: -1,213' -370 m
High: 3,832' 1,168 m
Low: 2,708' 825 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)


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Trail shared by Matt Kirby

A fun nine-mile loop with waterfalls and hunting cabins along the way.

Matt Kirby

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

In winter, the Forest Service will close the gate below the trailhead. You can park at the gate and run 0.5 miles to the trailhead. Please respect the private property around the cabins (take only pictures).


You'll get creek crossings, waterfalls, and mysterious cabins along this route which is a great all-around trail for hiking or running.

Need to Know

There is a creek crossing in the first half mile.

Runner Notes

Use caution at creek crossings since the flow and hight of the creek can flux depending on rainfall. Use caution near the waterfall. This trail is lightly used and there are no markings. I am working on that.


To get to this trailhead, you'll want to head south on Hwy 107 from Sylva toward Caney Fork Road. Turn left on Caney Fork and continue for about 2 miles to Moses Creek Rd. Continue for 2 miles; the pavement will end and turn to gravel.

Continue for 1 more mile and look for a small pull-off BEFORE the switchback on the gravel road. You'll see a small rise where the Forest Service created a barrier to prevent 4x4s from access. This is the trailhead.

Start the run on the West Fork Moses Creek Trail. In less than a mile, you'll come across a creek crossing. Cross the creek and follow the trail as it continues uphill, following the creek most the way.

In less than 2 miles, you'll begin a significant climb along the creek, eventually passing a waterfall on your left. The ascent climbs above the waterfall. Continue on to a junction. Going left at this junction will take you back down near the creek crossing.

For this loop, you'll take the trail to the right and continue for about 1 more mile to the hunter's cabins. The cabins are located on private property, so please respect the owner's property.

Continue on the roadbed for 1 more mile until you come to a forest service gate. Here, you connect back to Moses Creek Road. Head down (slight right) and follow the road for 5 miles back to your parked vehicle.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers in the spring.

History & Background

Old logging roads.


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