2016 Update for the Crab Orchard Mountain Segment
Crab Orchard Mountain SEGMENT is divided onto two SECTIONS south to north:
Daddy’s Creek Section – 7.2 mile section from Hebbertsburg Road north to East Keyes Road. This includes the 2.4 mile section east of Hebbertsburg Road that crosses De Lozier Creek.
From the southern terminus of the Daddys Creek Section going south to Ozone Falls Section of Grassy Cove Segment requires a road walk on Hebbertsburg Road and State Route 70.
Devil’s Breakfast Table Section – under construction section from Peavine Road north to Devil’s Breakfast Table.
Please click the Daddys Creek Section link above for point by point description.
NOTE: The full section was open and marked as of 1 November 2016. An easy 2.3 mile (one way) out and back hike to the primitive campsite is available in all seasons. Beyond the campsite caution is required where the trail enters Keyes-Harrison WMA. Fluorescent orange clothing must be worn by hikers during hunting season and it is recommended that fluorescent clothing be worn at all times in the WMA.
Driving Directions to Parking:
From the I-40 Exit 329 interchange at Crab Orchard, head north, cross US Rt. 70 and the railroad track and turn left on Main Street for a short distance. Turn right on Hebbertsburg Road. Drive 5.6 miles north on Hebbertsburg Road. After passing the Eden Ridge entrance on the right side of Hebbertsburg Road the next gravel road on the left is the trailhead where you will see a Yellow Gate.
Note The Blue Gate: On the north side of Long Rockhouse Branch where the CT crosses Hebbertsburg Road is a gravel road with a blue single bar gate.
This is an active gate and must be kept clear. There is room for two or three cars on the edges of the gravel road but there MUST remain access to the gate. The owners thank you for this.
The Crab Orchard Mountain Segment represents a challenge for linking Black Mountain to Devil’s Breakfast Table to the north. In 2015/16 CTC surveyed and built 7.3 miles from Hebbertsburg Road, over De Lozier branch, along Long Rockhouse branch to Daddys Creek and then on to East Keyes Road. In 2016/17 an additional 6+ miles was under construction north from Peavine Road near Antioch Bridge along the west side of Daddys Creek to Devil’s Breakfast Table.
Devil’s Breakfast Table is the southern end of The Obed Wild and Scenic River Segment. A 14 mile segment with the north end at Nemo Bridge and the confluence of the Obed and Emory Rivers. The trail passes through the Catossa Wildlife Management Area. As of 2016-2017 TWRA Hunting Guide, hiking is permitted on the CT through Catossa WMA year round. Hikers MUST wear fluorescent, orange clothing during hunting seasons. Check with TWRA for dates.
Daddys Creek Section Map courtesy of Don Deakins: