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The Best Hiking in Shady Valley

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

Top hiking spots in and near Shady Valley

  • Bristol, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Low Gap to Damascus

    14.21 mi / 1591 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Low Gap to Damascus is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Shady Valley, Tennessee.
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  • 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.
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  • Shady Valley, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: Tennessee State Route 91 to Watauga Dam

    15.43 mi / 1640 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: Tennessee State Route 91 to Watauga Dam is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Butler, Tennessee.
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  • Elizabethton, Tennessee

    Iron Mountain Via Appalachian Trail

    15.64 mi / 1631 ft gain
    Iron Mountain Via Appalachian Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Butler, Tennessee.
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  • Elizabethton, Tennessee

    Appalachian Trail: TN 91 to Low Gap

    13.5 mi / 2234 ft gain
    Appalachian Trail: TN 91 to Low Gap is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mountain City, Tennessee.
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  • Shady Valley, Tennessee

    Backbone Rock Trail

    0.46 mi / 85 ft gain
    Backbone Rock Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Shady Valley, Tennessee.
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  • Shady Valley, Tennessee

    Backbone Falls Trail

    0.44 mi / 243 ft gain
    Backbone Falls Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Shady Valley, Tennessee.
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  • Elizabethton, Tennessee

    Flint Mill Trail

    5.0
    2.44 mi / 1302 ft gain
    Flint Mill Trail is an approximately 2.4 mile out-and-back trail in the Cherokee National Forrest. The trailhead is located on Flatwoods Road in Elizabethton, TN. The trail has a rather steep incline and is considered challenging. There is a 1,264 foot altitude change from the base to the top . T...
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  • Bristol, Tennessee

    Spillway Trail

    5.0
    3.54 mi / 869 ft gain
    Spillway Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Bristol, Tennessee.
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  • Elizabethton, Tennessee

    Climb at Blue Hole Falls

    4.5
    0.1 mi / 0 ft gain
    From TN 91, turn onto Panhandle Road. Follow Panhandle for 1 mile and park in the parking lot to the left.  Waterfall Follow the path to your right downwards until you encounter wooden stairs. The main waterfall will be to your right less than .1 mile from the parking lot. There are two other wat...
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  • Bristol, Tennessee

    Osceola Island Loop

    5.0
    1.52 mi / 95 ft gain
    The Osceola Island Loop is a 1.50 mile gravel loop on an island in the South Holston River. There are multiple benches along the loop to stop and observe the wildlife. Fishing is a common activity along the edge of the trail. There is a large parking area and bathrooms at the start of the trail.
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  • Bristol, Tennessee

    Tailwater Trail

    5.0
    0.95 mi / 30 ft gain
    The TVA Tailwater Trail is a 0.5 mile trail along the east side of South Fork Holston River. The trail is dirt and ends in an incline. Along the edge of the river, there are views of the distant Holston Mountain. This trail provides access to the river for fishing. It is located near the Emmett T...
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  • Bristol, Tennessee

    Bouton Loop Trail

    5.0
    1.45 mi / 157 ft gain
    The Bouton Trail Loop is an approximately 1.5 mile round trip on TVA land. There is a gravel parking lot with an information sign and trail map. Sections of the trail are gravel and sections are dirt. There are multiple places along the trail that cut off and lead down to the river for prime fish...
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  • Bristol, Tennessee

    Emmett Trail

    5.0
    2.16 mi / 194 ft gain
    The Emmett Trail is one of the TVA South Holston Tailwater Trails. This trail began as a footpath created by anglers. The trail now has gravel, which makes for easier access for families and pets. The trailhead begins on Piney Hill Road where it the traverses down to the waters edge and leads to ...
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  • LAUREL BLMRY, Tennessee

    Gentry Creek Falls

    4.51 mi / 679 ft gain
    Gentry Creek Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Laurel Bloomery, 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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