Buffalo Mountain-White Rock Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Johnson City, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and off road driving and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
off road driving
Great view, rhododendron gardens, beautiful stream This is a nice place to hike when you don't have a lot of time to get out of the city. The view is great, especially on a clear day. The hike isn't difficult, but if you take the White Rock trail, it is easy to get off the path. At a sign marking the direction of the access road, the trail seems to follow the stream, but this simply leads back to some small waterfalls. It is definitely worth a look if you have time, but the trail to White Rock actually goes uphill at the sign. If you stand with you back to the sign, the trail goes up the mountain over some tree roots, then curves back to the right. May/June is a popular time to visit this trail, as the rhodedendrons are in bloom. You can make the hike a loop if you take the Tip Top trail back to the parking area. Word of caution: This may not be the best place to hike alone, especially for females. Sometimes there are strange people hanging around the picnic area.
Great place to hike, especially in the fall. Crazy to think it's just 5-10 minutes from downtown Johnson City!
Beautiful views on the "tip top" trail!
took my son when he was 5...awesome hike....
Nice views, easy uphill climb. Good to do, when time is a factor
This is one of my favorite hikes, it's just an easy, and fun little hike for when you need some outdoor time.
Great variety of different trails. warning - $4 fee to get in, but so worth it
this was literally my first time ever and it was absolutely amazing. I'm really happy with the way it was set up. I thought I was going to get lost at one point because there was a couple Y split offs but I found my way out and it was great! There was a whole bunch of nature to see and beautiful things to look at!
White rock trail loops widest around the mountain, 4.2 to 5.5 miles if you add tip top and don't short cut. easiest 'moderate' trails there, great views everywhere early spring, only at the 2 overlooks (not tip top) once the leaves are back on the trees.
the inner 'blue loop' is shorter and steeper, still a mid-moderate hike not much on views.
straight up the blue path along the creek is steeper yet, turns to the pink trail which meets the blue trail 1/4 mile east of the towers.
or shortcut and take the easy service road up and pick any one of the paths back down. I suggest the east side white trail for the best views at white top.
He forewarned, have seen several timber rattlers and my dog was bitten by a copperhead up there last week.
Also, a lot of people don't keep their pets leashed, so expect to be rushed by loose dogs regularly.
and I have never seen a waterfall, lol, though there are some nice cascades along the center blue/pink trail.
The hike itself is nice. There are decent views throughout the hike, but there is no opening just for the view once you've reached the tops. It's obscured by trees. But overall, we enjoyed our hike!