Explore the most popular views trails in Cherokee National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice hike on old railbed. This trail offers views of the gorge, railway tunnels, wildflowers, the sound of gushing Doe River along the way. Well kept by owners.

Probably one of the best views you will ever see with such easy access and limited amount of people. Forms aren't a big deal. The trail just shows a different view of the world.

hiking
1 month ago

Quick little hike! Beautiful waterfall in April. Our young kids (3,6,7) did well with this.

Relatively easy hike with beautiful views of the lake and mountains.

hiking
2 months ago

I just hiked ~half of the trail and back (3.5 miles). Good exercise. Some nice views and scenery but no major overlooks. Always nice just to be out in the woods. It was a steady uphill climb - nothing "flat" about Chestnut Flats.

Really enjoyed hiking with friends here. We were blown away with the views: Gorge, river, railroad, all under snow was truly awesome. We will be back soon. Ang out.

Perfect hiking weather. Great company. Trail had snowy patches but overall clear.

walking
7 months ago

Peaceful area

Nice trail. Be sure to wear good shoes since the railroad gravel can be a little rough on your feet. There are some amazing views of the river below, but not too many easy paths to get to it.

This was a cool little hike to do while we were in the area. Sheer dropoffs, so be especially careful with kids.

this trail is pointless. there's also a trail up the mountain if you're willing to hike 5miles in and 5milea back.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail to access the southeast Holston Mountain trail system from Holston High Point

Closed to the public during the summer. Very disappointing after driving to get here

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Enjoyed the forest and views. Also checked out several geocaches along the way.

hiking
Friday, April 21, 2017

This trail is best taken down from Holston Mtn, it is pretty steep on the ascent. It does offer some good views in the spring/fall when the leaves are down. There is a small waterfall to enjoy and several stream crossings.

On the upper end, a logging/forest road bed has obliterated part of the trail. I have added waypoints to mark the intersections of the trail and the old road bed. The upper parts are also lesser defined and take some imagination to follow. Good news is the trail is easily recovered if you are following the uploaded route.

The upper part of the trail intersects the southwest ridge of Holston Mtn. You will need to extend your hike from the Holston Mtn west trail along the ridge. For some distance there is a lightly used trail on the ridge, then it intersects with an old road bed. Big Arm descends to the right just past a metal forest park notice on a tree (I stacked some rocks there as well.)

The lower end connects with a closed ATV trail shortly before reaching Big Creek Rd. If descending, turn left on that trail to reach Big Creek Rd.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

For those looking for a crazy short trail to see a decent waterfall. This is the trail for you. It's super family friendly area. Not the biggest waterfall and would suggest visiting during the wetter months to catch a good flow coming from it.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Short hike with heavy traffic. Traffic being people on the trail and cars driving by. Makes for an easy hike on a trail with no blazes

Rails, trails, rocks, rivers, and some history lessons. That's just the short list of things that make Doe River Gorge great.

Friday, March 24, 2017

nice easy quiet trail. not blazed very well but the trail is easy to follow

hiking
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ok so we went to the bridge and explored we were up there and found an actual hidden treasure someone hide in 2006 for us hikers to find made the hike awesome, me and my hiking crew loved it hope you guys find it too we were the first since 06!!! Good luck treasure hunters!

hiking
Tuesday, January 24, 2017

nice hike and beautiful

Loved it! tunnels, railroad tracks, creeks, bridges, interesting objects. Lots of variety on this trail :-)

Monday, October 17, 2016

This a nice little trail, short and sweet. Starting from the parking lot and crossing over tunnel for a more moderate scenic hike. If your in the area its worth swinging by to hike. Not worth traveling more then an hour to hike unless you time it out with the operating hours of the local brewery.

Pets apparently are not actually allowed abd you must submit a form to hike to the christian ministries that owns the land.

The out and back trail follows 2.5 miles of the old narrow gauge Tweetsie rail line that used to run over the mountains between Johnson City, TN and Cranberry, NC. The trailhead is located at a Christian campground...visitors are welcome during the fall, winter and spring when the camp is not being used. There are wonderful views of the gorge for most of its length. It also passes through two old railroad tunnels. The trail has both mountain beauty and history.

hiking
Thursday, March 24, 2016

A very short and easy trail with some stairs. It takes you over Backbone Rock. The westernmost part of the trail actually goes to the AT when properly maintained. There are guard rails as you cross over route 133. There are good view of the river as it wraps around Backbone Rock. The parking lot also has a rest room while the loop also has a picnic shelter (reservations may be required), and several picnic table/grills. The loop makes a figure 8 and is only about a half mile. Further up the rode towards Damascus is a campground.

hiking
Thursday, March 24, 2016

This was a very easy hike with lots of stairs. The trail head is on the east side of route 133 and you can see some stair steps in a small parking lot next to another dirt path. If there isn't enough room then park in the main parking lot on the other side of the street where the Backbone Rock trail head is. I initially took the left which ended up being a bushwhack. Its a half mile loop with blue blazes. Take an immediate right after going up the stairs next to the Trail 198 sign. There is also scenic overlook facing route 133 on your way to the falls. You will come up to the top of the falls and then take some stairs down and around for a better view. Follow the stairs all the way down to route 133 where there is a wooden foot bridge to cross on your way back to the parking lot trail head. The skinny waterfall is 40-50 tall and it had good volume. Its located next to a gorge like rock wall which makes for a good pano shot.

This was a very strenuous hike almost all uphill with very little relief on the way up. It was quite rocky and and I only passed 4 horseback riders. I would guessed the cyclist whose truck was in the parking area took Taylor Ridge trail as I couldn't imagine a mountain bike on half of the trail I walked. There are very great views up and down the mountains where the power lines ascend the mountain. You will pass the power lines 4 times on the way up. There are also 2 creek crossings but they barely had running water. I spent the entire time looking to make sure I didn't step in horse dung and I didn't see any boot marks or bike tracks. Once I made it to Low Gap I took the Panhandle Road all the way to the towers.

hiking
1 month ago

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