McKee Branch Trail
Length: 2.4 miles
This trail is extremely strenuous and very steep in sections. This creek headwater trail ascends 2.3 miles from Caldwell Fork to Cataloochee Divide, which includes a 1,700-foot climb to the ridge. There are some pretty stands of forest along this trail, but there are no dependable water sources after the second stream crossing.
Directions: Take exit 20 off I-40 (Cove Creek) and travel west on NC 276 turn right on Cove Creek road. Stay on Cove Creek Rd. for 6 miles. This will take you 2 miles beyond park boundary. Turn left on Cataloochee Road, go 3.1 miles. Trail will be on the left