Outbound Collective logo

The Best Backpacking in Bristol

Looking for the best backpacking in Bristol? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Bristol. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Bristol

  • Shady Valley, Tennessee

    Rich Knob via Appalachian Trail

    6.97 mi / 1188 ft gain
    Rich Knob via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Shady Valley, Tennessee.
    Read more
  • Elizabethton, Tennessee

    Little Stoney Creek to Chestnut Flats

    6.7 mi / 1575 ft gain
    Little Stoney Creek to Chestnut Flats is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Elizabethton, Tennessee.
    Read more
  • Hampton, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Dennis Cove to Watauga Lake

    8.08 mi / 1955 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Dennis Cove to Watauga Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Hampton, Tennessee.
    Read more
  • Hampton, Tennessee

    Laurel Falls via Appalachian Trail

    5.0
    2.43 mi / 449 ft gain
    Laurel Falls via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Hampton, Tennessee.
    Read more
  • Johnson City, Tennessee

    Fork Knob, White Rock and The Noggin Loop

    5.0
    3.12 mi / 1220 ft gain
    Fork Knob, White Rock and The Noggin Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Johnson City, Tennessee.
    Read more
  • Damascus, Virginia

    Beargap Trail to Appalachian Trail to Virginia Creeper Loop

    10.77 mi / 1998 ft gain
    Beargap Trail to Appalachian Trail to Virginia Creeper Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Damascus, Virginia.
    Read more
  • 36.1774619949846,-82.01167345047, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: 19E to Hump Mountain

    10.2 mi / 3287 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: 19E to Hump Mountain is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee.
    Read more
  • Unicoi, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Iron Mountain Gap to Hughes Gap

    9.23 mi / 2037 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Iron Mountain Gap to Hughes Gap is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee.
    Read more
  • Whitetop, Virginia

    Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail

    5.0
    33.25 mi / 2139 ft gain
    Virginia Creeper National Recreational Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Whitetop, Virginia.
    Read more
  • Troutdale, Virginia

    Hike the Appalachian Trail from Elk Garden to Buzzard Rock

    5.0
    6.6 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Starting at the Elk Garden Parking Area hike the Appalachian Trail south (do not cross the road, follow the trail from the parking area). Hike along the trail following the white blazes and at 2.4 miles you'll reach a campsite on your left. This is a great place to camp overnight if you decide to...
    Read more
  • Newland, North Carolina

    Hike to Bradley Gap along the Appalachian Trail

    4.6 mi / 1339 ft gain
    Bradley Gap rests along the Appalachian Trail overlooking North Carolina and Tennessee mountains. Part of the Roan Highlands, Bradley Gap can be accessed via Yellow Mountain Gap Trailhead. Follow the Roaring Fork Trail from the trailhead until you intersect the Appalachian Trail (White Blaze) app...
    Read more
  • Unicoi, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Beauty Spot to Unaka Mountain

    5.0
    6.35 mi / 1654 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Beauty Spot to Unaka Mountain is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Green Mountain, North Carolina.
    Read more
  • Roan Mountain, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Carver's Gap to Yellow Mountain Gap

    10.59 mi / 2290 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Carver's Gap to Yellow Mountain Gap is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Roan Mountain, Tennessee.
    Read more
  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Yellow Mountain Barn

    12.28 mi / 2720 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Carvers Gap to Yellow Mountain Barn is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Bakersville, North Carolina.
    Read more
  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Grassy Ridge Bald in the Roan Highlands

    5.0
    4.84 mi / 932 ft gain
    Once you've parked at Carver's Gap (5500'), the trailhead is pretty easy to find. Simply cross the highway and jump onto the Appalachian Trail, right on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. Head north on the AT as you head through the Roan Mountain Balds. In the very beginning of the hike,...
    Read more
  • Bakersville, North Carolina

    Roan Highlands: Carvers Gap to US 19E via Appalachian Trail

    5.0
    15.47 mi / 2598 ft gain
    The Roan highlands, possibly one of the best sections of the Appalachian Trail, is a section of grassy balds that range from 5000-6000 feet following the A.T. Start at Carvers Gap ( Highway 261 NC / Highway 143 TN) on the TN/NC border. You can either leave a car at Highway 19E or arrange for a s...
    Read more