Hike to White Rock

White Rock Trail

Distance

1.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

885 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Merritt McKinney

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Forest
Scenic

The short but steep hike to White Rock Overlook is a great workout with a rewarding view.

The White Rock trailhead is less than a 10 minute drive from downtown Johnson City. When pulling up Highbridge Road, take a left at the fork. You will shortly encounter a vehicle gate where you will park to the side of the road (do not block the yellow vehicle gate).

You have the option to walk up the gravel utility road behind the vehicle gate or up the dirt path. Both ways will lead you to the overlook in roughly the same distance. The gravel road is wide and is extremely steep where the dirt trail is tight, runs through the forest, and is composed of switchbacks.

When approaching the top,  a radio tower will begin to reveal itself. When the radio tower is in clear sight, instead of following the gravel road toward the tower, turn left towards into the trail marked "White Rock." After entering into the trail, the overlook is less than a tenth of a mile straightforward along the trail.

There are several rock faces which overlook Johnson City, Elizabethton, and Irwin. 

Community Photos

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Overall rating: 

Asa Leger

over 1 year ago

A Great View Is Worth A Tough Hike

Any one from Johnson city will enjoy seeing there town from this perspective. The hike up is steep in places but well worth it. I would recommended for intermediate to advanced hikers.

Distance

1.4 Miles

Elevation Gain

885 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Merritt McKinney

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