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The Best Camping in Johnson City

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Top camping spots in and near Johnson City

  • 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.
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  • Unicoi, Tennessee

    Camp at Unaka Mountain Overlook

    4.0
    0.1 mi
    Unaka Mountain Overlook is one of the highest locations in the Cherokee National Forest. Easily accessibly by vehicle, the overlook towers over the surrounding mountains, including Beauty Spot Gap, and is an ideal spot to camp overnight. Take Rock Creek Road until you meet the border of North Car...
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Green Mountain, North Carolina

    Appalachian Trail: Indian Grave Gap to Chestoa

    4.0
    8.05 mi / 1165 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Indian Grave Gap to Chestoa is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Unicoi, Tennessee.
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  • Green Mountain, North Carolina

    Hike to Beauty Spot Gap

    5.0
    2.13 mi / 1277 ft gain
    Beauty Spot Gap is located on the Appalachian Trail on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. The bald offers a panoramic view of Cherokee National Forest and the city of Erwin. This is a popular destination for hikers of the AT to set up camp and watch the sunset. From the Tennessee side, t...
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  • Erwin, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Nolichucky River to Indian Grave Gap

    8.05 mi / 2815 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Nolichucky River to Indian Grave Gap is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Erwin, Tennessee.
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  • Elizabethton, Tennessee

    Hinkle Branch Trail to Holston Mountain Low Gap

    8.64 mi / 2785 ft gain
    Hinkle Branch Trail to Holston Mountain Low Gap is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Elizabethton, Tennessee.
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  • Erwin, Tennessee

    Chigger Branch Cascades

    4.04 mi / 755 ft gain
    Chigger Branch Cascades is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Erwin, Tennessee.
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  • 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.
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  • Roan Mountain, Tennessee

    Roan Knob via Appalachian Trail

    3.1 mi / 850 ft gain
    Roan Knob via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Bakersville, North Carolina.
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  • 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.
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  • 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,...
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  • 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...
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