Buffalo Mountain-White Rock Trail

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Buffalo Mountain-White Rock Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Johnson City, TN 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.

2.9 miles 1449 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

off road driving

waterfall

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.

1 month ago

Great place to hike, especially in the fall. Crazy to think it's just 5-10 minutes from downtown Johnson City!

1 month ago

Beautiful views on the "tip top" trail!

3 months ago

took my son when he was 5...awesome hike....

3 months ago

Nice views, easy uphill climb. Good to do, when time is a factor

hiking
4 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes, it's just an easy, and fun little hike for when you need some outdoor time.

hiking
5 months ago

Great variety of different trails. warning - $4 fee to get in, but so worth it

6 months ago

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!

hiking
6 months ago

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.

7 months ago

7 months ago

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7 months ago

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!

hiking
1 year ago

It was very hot when we did the full loop in early August, which probably made the moderate hike seem more difficult that in it was. Much of the trail is underwhelming due to an apparent fire in recent years, but there are some quite beautiful spots as well. The view from the tip top trail were a little underwhelming compared to the views from White Rock, which are spectacular.

Nice lookout! Good, short beginner trails as well.

1 year ago

Was great trail, but it's sad that the smokers think it's ok to throw their cigarette butts on ground!!!!
Didn't this place catch fire? 8-10 yr ago?
Other than that great trail!!

1 year ago

camping
1 year ago

I thought White Rock was on private property. How do I get permission?

nice views

hiking
1 year ago

Two friends and I have hiked White Rock many times now, but it never seems to get old since the trail feels different with each season! Fall through Spring has been a blast, can't wait to hike it in summer. Easy but steep hike if you take the gravel service road, but moderate hike of you go through the forest. We aren't exceptional hikers but this trail is challenging enough to keep our attention but not so hard that its unpleasant. Gorgeous views throughout, even though White Rock itself isn't particularly exceptional. Go to Tip Top if you can, it makes the experience incredible!

hiking
1 year ago

Nice views towards the top. The views from White Rock are fantastic, be careful with some of the cracks in the rocks rattle snakes like to hang out in there. The top is a little anti-climactic, but the rest is worth it.

hiking
2 years ago

Started with the Tip-top trail which forms part of a larger loop with this trail. Moderate hike in some places but mostly just an enjoyable hike with some stunning views of the region. When the fog starts rolling in its even better.