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Tellico Plains Trail Town | The little town with a big back yard
Tellico Plains TN Trail Town

Tellico Plains is proud to be a TRAIL TOWN, as designated by the Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition (SEFTC) and the Benton MacKaye Trail Association (BMTA) in 2014.

What is a Trail Town? The SEFTC/BMTA Trail Town Program is designed to promote hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, and horseback riding in communities with 100+ miles of trails in their immediate vicinity. Tellico Plains is truly "The Little Town with the Big Back Yard" - the areas surrounding Tellico Plains and nearby Coker Creek are blessed with over 200 miles of hiking, backpacking, equestrian, mountain biking and motorized trail bike trails. There are about 180 miles of trails in the Tellico Ranger District of the US Forest Service, and the adjoining districts have several hundred more miles of trails.

Also, the Benton MacKaye Trail - a 300 mile long-distance wilderness trail from Springer Mountain GA to the northern end of the Smokies - traverses close to Tellico Plains, crossing the Tellico River just above Green Cove. As a "Trail Town," Tellico Plains is identified as an exceptional location to visit or use as a base to access these tremendous trail opportunities.

Information and links provided here are designed to help local and out-of-town visitors learn about the trail opportunities in the Tellico Plains area, and also serve as a guide to support services available locally to trail users. We encourage you use this info as you plan your trail-based activities around Tellico Plains.

Falls Branch falls Group of hikers

Tellico Plains celebrates National Trails Day which is generally scheduled on the first Saturday of June.

On the Benton MacKaye Trail Association website, a visitor can order trail guides and maps of the area. Click on the "BMTA Store" link.

The following are available on the BMTA website:

  • Trails Illustrated map of Tellico and Ocoee Rivers
  • BMTA Guide to TN/NC section
  • Tim Homan Guide to the BMT
  • Thru-Hikers Guide to the BMT
  • Tinman Guides of BMT with trail profiles
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Rick Harris at the peak Boys hiking

Available from
Tim Homan’s Hiking Trails of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock and Citico Creek Wildernesses

Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition

Monroe County Department of Tourism

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS)

Southern Appalachian Back Country Horsemen

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Welcome to Tellico Plains
Bald River Falls
Free WiFi locations:

Maps and Trail Guides:

Camping - Besides campgrounds listed on this site (see "Places to Stay" - Camping), also visit the USFS website

Post Office:

Tellico Plains Post Office and Coker Creek Post Office, for picking up packages mailed to yourself and for sending home or forward camping gear and food etc

Drug Stores:

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