Appalachian TrailIron MountainDoe MountainMount RodgersGrandfather MountainPond MountainWatauga Point and Dennis Cove RecreationBackbone Falls
Still WatersCloud GateThrasher's NestMajestic ManorThe RavenFalcon's Crest
Elk RiverWaters EdgeHidden HideawayLakeview VillaCatfish CottageBass Bungalow

Hiking Trails Nearby:

Appalachian Trail
Hwy 67 to Watauga Dam and overlook 6.0 miles
Cross Mountain to Nick Grindstaff monument 6.0 miles
Cross Mountain to Hwy 421 7.0 miles
Hwy 421 to Abingdon Gap 6.0 miles
McQueens Gap to Backbone Rock 7.0 miles
Backbone Rock to Damascus 6.3 miles.

Iron Mountain Trail
Cross Mountain to Hwy 421 5.0 miles
Hwy 421 to Corinth Church 8.7 miles
Corinth Church to Camp Ahistadi 6.0 miles
Camp Ahistadi to Damascus, VA 4.1 miles.
Take Hwy 91 to the crest of Cross Mountain, turn right on Cross Mountain Rd and travel 1.5 miles to the top of Iron Mountain and the trailhead. Other access points are Sandy Gap on Hwy 421 3.5 miles east of Shady Valley and Camp Ahistadi on Hwy 91 2.5 miles north of Laurel Bloomery. This is a moderate difficulty foot trail following the crest of Iron Mountain with about 18 miles in Tennessee and mile in Virginia.

Mount Rogers - VA
5729' elevation offers some far reaching vistas. The main trailheads are located at Massie Gap in Grayson Highlands State Park and at Elk Garden Trailhead on state secondary Route 600, follow either Appalachian Trail or the Virginia Highlands Trail north to the spur trail 4 mils one way. There are over 400 miles of designated trails in Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area.

Grandfather Mountain - NC
The highest point in the Blue Ridge, the summit is 5964' elevation above rocky terrain, up ladders and cable bridge. Use Boone Fork Parking Area at mile 299.9 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and take the Tanawha Trail to the summit.

Storyteller Rock - Boone, NC
This rock outcropping offers an easy hike with great views. Take the Tanawha Trail (see Grandfather Mtn above) south to connect with the Nuwati Trail which ends at Storyteller Rock.

Laurel Falls Trail - Take Hwy 321/67 to Hampton, just before the town of Hampton the trailhead and parking area are on your left. Nice hike along creek with waterfalls.

Laurel Fork Trail - From Hwy 321/67 in Hampton, take Dennis Cove Rd to Dennis Cove Recreation Area. This moderate difficulty trail is 8.0 miles long, begins at Dennis Cove, follows Laurel Fork and ends at Hays Branch. Trail originated as a fishing trail and has numerous wading crossings of the creek.

Little Milligan Trail - Take Hwy 321/67 to Little Milligan School, parking near Boat Ramp. 1.9 mile moderate difficulty foot trail loop, begins and ends at Little Milligan Boat Ramp.

Pond Mountain Trail - Take Hwy 321/67 from Hampton 5.5 miles, roadside parking available on north side of highway, trailhead is on south side. 4.5 miles with some fairly challenging difficult terrain.

Watauga Point Trail - Take Hwy 321/67 to Watauga Point Recreation Area, this gravel foot trail countours above the lake shoreline, loops and returns to parking area. About a half mile trail with good views of Watauga Lake.

Dennis Cove Recreational Area - Take Hwy 321/67 into Hampton, pass Ice House Saloon on your right and look for a Dennis Cove Rd on the left. Turn left - 3.6 miles to the Appalachian Trail and 4.9 miles to John Whitehead Trail, Laurel Fork Trail and other little trails along beautiful trout stream at the Dennis Cove Recreational Area. Free parking, fee for overnight camping.

Backbone Falls Trail - 1.0 mile loop. From Mountain City take Hwy 421 to crossroads in Shady Valley, turn right and go north on Hwy 133 for 9.5 miles, parking area right before tunnel under Backbone Rock. $2 parking fee.

Backbone Rock Trail - same directions above. Easy half mile hike at the rock, or 4.2 mile hike to Appalachian Trail (2.1 miles each way).

Falls of Sulphur Spring Branch - follow Hwy 421 northwest out of Mountain City. About 10 minutes southeast of the South Holston Bridge, turn left on Camp Tom Howard/ Flatwoods Road (Forest Route 87). Proceed 3.8 miles to a parking area on the left, where Sulphur Spring Branch crosses the gravel road. Follow the hiking trail on the right (south) side of the creek, the first part is gentle for about a mile, then trail crosses creek and veers left traveling up the creek on the left (NOT the right fork) where you will have to rock hop and hold back tree limbs. Proceed upstream staying close to the creek an additional 1.5 miles where you'll cross a forest road known as Flatwoods Horse Trail. Continue straight across the road up the sides of the creek for almost a half mile and listen for the waterfalls, which are about 30 yards from each other.

Watauga Falls - Take canoe or kayak to mouth of Watauga River where it joins Watauga Lake. Beach your boat on the right side of the river where there is a trail. Hike up the river until you come to the falls.

Elk River Falls - Take Poga Rd toward North Carolina, after the second or third bridge crossing Elk River look for Clawson Road on the right. Turn right, you will travel along a little creek then a pond on your right, take the next right turn until the road dead ends at the trail head. Park by the barn, hike is a couple miles to the falls.


Watauga Ranger District of Cherokee National Forest:

Watauga District includes 175,000 acres in northeast Tennessee (Carter, Johnson, Sullivan & Unicoi Counties) with elevations ranging from 1500 feet to 4900 feet.

Wilderness areas: Primitive recreation in Big Laurel Branch (6332 acres) and Pond mountain (6929 acres).

Watersports: Watauga Lake (6430 acres), Wilbur Reservoir (72 acres), and South Holston Lake (7580 acres).

Public Boat ramps: Watauga Lake - Little Milligan and Rat Branch (both on Hwy 321) and Sink Mountain (at intersection of Roan Creek, Hwy 167 & Lakeview Dr). South Holston Lake - Little Oak Ramp.

Shooting ranges: Pond Mountain Range ($2/day), Jacobs Creek Range, and Sciota Firing Range.

Swimming Areas: Watauga Point, Shook Branch, and Jacobs Creek. No life guards on duty.

Picnicking: Backbone Rock Recreation Area, Dennis Cove Recreation Area, The Laurels Recreation Area, Watauga Point Recreation Area, Shook Branch Recreation Area, Y's Men Picnic ground, Jacobs Creek Recreation Area.


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