BMT: Segment 11e (FS221 to Ocoee River/US 64)
ElevationAscent: 149' 45 m
Descent: -899' -274 m
High: 1,905' 581 m
Low: 1,142' 348 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“The Benton MacKaye Trail section from FS221 to Ocoee River/US 64.”— Richard Harris
Trail Description: After crossing FS 221 at mile 89.6 (WP 97, 1900’), the BMT turns left and goes down the gated forest road following the white diamonds. About 0.3 miles down this road, the trail takes a sharp left onto another road and follows the old roadbed through a large area of old growth hemlocks to mile 91.3 where the BMT crosses FS 45. From here the trail climbs the bank and then works its way up along a ridgeline, then descends steeply down a series of steps and switchbacks to the Ocoee River and the west end of the Thunder Rock Campground and follows the campground road out through the campground entrance at mile 92.7 (WP 100, 1120’) passing by the shower house and restrooms, then out to FS 45. To continue on the BMT, turn left, run past the powerhouse (Rhododendron Trail goes right just before the bridge), and cross the Ocoee River on the bridge. From here the BMT crosses this very busy multi-lane highway at mile 93.0 and heads up the mountainside on the south side of the highway.
Campsites: The preferred campsite in this section is the USFS campground at the Ocoee River (Thunder Rock Campground, WP 100), which has 41 class A/B campsites, potable water, restrooms and a shower house (open in season). The campground is generally closed in the winter except for a few campsites next to the parking lot, but check the Cherokee National Forest website or call the Ocoee Whitewater Center for dates of operation and for when the showers are available.
Water Sources: There is potable water available at the Thunder Rock Campground. Also water is available between FS 221 and FS 45 at a bend in the old roadbed in a draw at mile 90.3 (C) and on the section between FS 45 and Thunder Rock Campground at a small stream crossing at mile 92.4 (A).
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