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The Best Hiking in Johnson City

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Top hiking spots in and near Johnson City

  • Johnson City, Tennessee

    ETSU Heights Trail

    1.02 mi / 135 ft gain
    ETSU Heights Trail is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Johnson City, Tennessee.
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  • Johnson City, Tennessee

    The Minga Path Loop

    0.7 mi / 105 ft gain
    The Minga Path Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Johnson City, Tennessee.
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  • Johnson City, Tennessee

    ETSU Soccer Field Trail

    1.06 mi / 95 ft gain
    ETSU Soccer Field Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Johnson City, Tennessee.
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  • Johnson City, Tennessee

    White Rock Overlook

    5.0
    2.85 mi / 876 ft gain
    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 ...
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  • Johnson City, Tennessee

    Hike to Tip Top on Buffalo Mountain

    4.0
    5.4 mi / 1388 ft gain
    Tip Top rests on one of the highest points of Buffalo Mountain. The overlook features tree coverage perfect for hammocking and benches while providing views of Downtown Johnson City as well as the other side of the mountain range. The hike from the trailhead to Tip Top is moderately steep. The tr...
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  • 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.
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  • Johnson City, Tennessee

    White Rock Loop

    5.0
    4.94 mi / 1457 ft gain
    White Rock Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Johnson City, Tennessee.
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  • Johnson City, Tennessee

    Sunset Point

    5.0
    0.65 mi / 223 ft gain
    Sunset Point is an overlook located in Buffalo Mountain State Park. The trail is a short hike up along the White Rock loop trail then a short walk off the trail to get to the overlook. There is a clearing with a few benches that has wide open views to the west. The short hike up to the point shou...
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  • Johnson City, Tennessee

    Lone Oak to Tip Top Trail

    3.25 mi / 1253 ft gain
    Lone Oak to Tip Top Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Johnson City, Tennessee.
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  • Elizabethton, Tennessee

    Mountain River Trail

    0.85 mi / 56 ft gain
    Mountain River Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Elizabethton, Tennessee.
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  • Unicoi, Tennessee

    Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower via Fire Tower Road

    5.0
    3.47 mi / 663 ft gain
    Pinnacle Mountain hosts one of the nicest fire towers on the East Coast of the United States. The fire tower is relatively new, sturdy, and has a large 360 degree viewing area at the top. The tower overlooks the Downtown Johnson City area, Elizabethton, Erwin, and the rest of the Buffalo Mountain...
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  • Jonesborough, Tennessee

    Persimmon Ridge Park Loop

    3.03 mi / 515 ft gain
    Persimmon Ridge Park Loop is a loop trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Jonesborough, Tennessee.
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  • Unicoi, Tennessee

    Hike the Rocky Branch and Limestone Cove Trail

    4.0
    7.6 mi / 2200 ft gain
    The trail starts from just beyond the old Limestone Cove campground and runs 3.9 miles to Stamping Ground Ridge high atop Unaka Mountain. The first mile or so is fairly easy but from then on it can be very challenging. Eventually you'll intersect with the trail coming down from Stamping Ground Ri...
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  • Bluff City, Tennessee

    Spelunk Worley's Cave

    5.0
    3.5 mi / 100 ft gain
    Worley’s Cave, also known as Morrill Cave, lies just outside of Boone across the Tennessee border. It is the second longest cave in the state of Tennessee at a whopping 4.4 miles in total length. It is a non-lit cavern that’s path is lit only by those who venture in its depths (i.e. headlamps, la...
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  • 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

    Red Fork Falls Trail

    3.5
    0.68 mi / 190 ft gain
    Red Fork Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Unicoi, Tennessee.
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