Fly Fishing Abrams Creek

Getting There

Road Access: The Abrams Creek watershed is accessible by automobile from several points. Where the stream flows into Chilhoee Reservoir, it is easily reached from TN 72. Access is also available from Abrams Creek Campground, which is located 7 miles north of US 129 on the Happy Valley Road.

At Cades Cove there are two primary points of access to the stream. The Abrams Falls parking area allows access to the stream as it leaves the cove. Access to Anthony Creek can be made from the Cades Cove picnic area. The Cades Cove Loop Road is no longer opened early every morning. It remains closed until noon on Saturdays.

Trail Access: At the park boundary, near the mouth of Abrams Creek, there is an old, unmaintained trail that roughly follows the ascent of the stream. This is the only path to the downstream area. This seldom-traveled trail is often difficult to locate, and is not recommended for inexperienced hikers. At some points the trail is 700 feet from the stream. At the confluence of Bell Branch, 4 miles upstream from TN 72, the path receives much greater amounts of foot travel. The trail from that point weaves alongside Abrams Creek for 2.8 miles to the Rabbit Creek Trail junction.

From the junction point, the Rabbit Creek Trail becomes the stream's access trail for anglers. It follows the stream to the Abrams Creek Campground. This facility offers primitive campsite accommodations, and is easily reached by auto.

Upstream from the campground, the stream is reached by hiking north on the Cooper Road Trail. This trail leaves the stream .6 mile upstream from the campground. At 1 mile the Cooper Road Trail intersects the Little Bottoms Manway. Located at the trail junction is a spacious backcountry campsite known as Little Bottoms (#17, capacity 10). The Little Bottoms Manway follows the stream up to Abrams Falls Trail. The Falls Trail follows the upstream progress of the stream 2.5 miles to the falls parking area. There is no trail access to Abrams Creek as it passes through the Cades Cove Historic Area.

Anthony Creek, as Abrams Creek is known prior to entering the cove, is accessible from the Anthony Creek Trail. This trail begins at the Cades Cove picnic area. The trail runs adjacent to the stream until the stream forks at 1.5 miles. The Anthony Creek Trail follows the Right Prong of Anthony Creek 2.8 miles before leaving the stream to climb the southern slopes of Cold Water Knob. Located 2.5 miles upstream on the Anthony Creek Trail is the Anthony Creek backcountry campsite (#9, capacity 6).

The Russell Field Trail follows the Left Prong of Anthony Creek upstream 1 mile, then veers right, leaving the stream to ascend Ledbetter Ridge.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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