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

My family and I are from Texas. We didn’t know long or steep this trail was. It was tough but my awesome 6 year old was able to complete it with no complaining!! We were so excited to find out how long and tough the rating was after we completing it....my 9 week old Corgi fell asleep half way down

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1 month ago

trails were cool. heard trains, chainsaws, helicopters and traffic from Johnson city the whole time. other than that and the confusion of trails it was ok.

Different than expected..follow the app not the signs..we started loop the took a detour out. Pretty at the tip top the .3 miles up at the end is worth it!

Really enjoyed this trail. white blazes a little confusing in places because there are several different trails. lots of roots on the trail but no real problem areas.

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muddy
2 months ago

Did this hike two weeks ago as my first of the season. I thought the shorter distance (closer to 4 miles according to my GPS) would be a good way to ease back into things. I was very wrong. It's a steep hike pretty consistently from start to finish, with the final quarter mile or so being the toughest, but man is it worth it.

The views from the top looking south towards Unaka Mountain and north towards Johnson City are awesome. Something that was lost on me on the way up was the views along the way. Their much easier to realize on the descent, but they're pretty incredible.

The trail head is slightly difficult to find, but it's not far from the parking area, and there's now a road sign marking it, so as long as you can find the parking area (which is easy) you'll be able to find the trail head. Highly recommend this hike if you're looking for a good cardio workout and awesome views.

This hike is a steady climb (with steeper sections) to Tip Top on Buffalo Mtn with some of the best views of Johnson City and Unaka Mountain. The trail can get narrow in some places with drop-offs so not recommended for beginners or small children unfamiliar with the trail.

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4 months ago

Loved it! It’s steep but it’s a great hike. I probably wouldn’t take little kids or a stroller. Dogs seem to like it.

Very long and good workout. Had to stop just a mile short sadly because of time restraint. We haven’t hiked in the dark yet and was worried. However, it is 11 miles, as my phone counted 10 miles were done and was just about to go around the final bend.
Very good still though, lots of rock and a very interesting trail. Loved some of the views around the 3 mile mark and loved some of the rocky terrain. I will complete this next time however! I’m coming for u :)

The first half of the hike was definitely strenuous with the uphills, but we luckily chose to turn left at the start of the loop so most of the uphill was in the shade and the downhill was more in the sun. We also got off the trail and had to double back a few times so we ended up walking more like 6 miles than 5 (like when the trail crossed the service road, we didn't realize you had to walk up the road and we walked down and started back up on the wrong trail), but the views made the long hike worth it. We did come across a snake blocking our path but we just waited a few minutes and he left the path. Overall it was a good, tiring hike.

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6 months ago

It can be very hot due to lack of coverage from trees. The trails aren’t always the best marked according to which direction you take the trail but overall it is good exercise. There are also some pretty viewing points.

6 months ago

Very narrow paths, moderate trail. Be careful of snakes, ran across one on my hike. Beautiful views!

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6 months ago

A very enjoyable hike that left me feeling refreshed and satisfied. The walk to the top was long and tiring, but the view was totally worth it. Also, two deer blessed me with their brief presence.

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7 months ago

Hike was more challenging than I thought. Slippery rocks and roots during multiple unbridged stream bed crossings were found on trails other than the loop. We went clockwise from the picnic area on the loop and it seemed to be uphill most of the time. After White Rocks we took Tower trail down to Noggin and then Hartselle to get back to the car quicker. Noggin was narrow and steep with Hartselle being an active creek bed most of the way.

When we stepped out on to White Rocks we found more than one type of poisonous snake sunning itself and absorbing heat from the near by rocks. That was expected as possible so we were looking and cautious. No problems and good pics from a distance.

Did notice older men driving and parking around the around the picnic and camping areas. Got the feeling this could be a pickle park but we were not bothered nor did we see any casual encounters.

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8 months ago

This trail offers some pretty good views at the summit, but it is by far the worst marked trail I’ve been on. I do not mind unmarked trails, or having to venture to find my way, but there is a highway of trails that are either marked blue or white with no indication of where they go or why. This trail would be better if it were unmarked as it would be less confusing as the markings that have no rhyme or reason. That being said, it leaves a lot to be explored especially if you take a wrong turn. It would be easy to keep walking In small loops unintentionally

kind of confusing at parts, but that's part of the fun. it's beautiful there!!!!!

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8 months ago

Good hike with several good overlooks. The loop is the best trail here. Most the others are hard on your legs

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9 months ago

The trail is a little hard to follow because there is usually a big gap between markings. Also, the trail is very small and you will hit overhanging branches and foliage. There is mostly steep inclines and declines with little medium walking ground. The views are amazing though, definitely worth all the hike! When you get to the road it is a little tricky getting back on the path but just look and you should find it no problem! Hiked a total of over 5 miles and they were all worth it! DO NOT go on these trails when it is raining because some parts would be impossible to pass.

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9 months ago

Had a good hike through Buffalo Mtn today. The trails kind of cross each other. We did some of the white and some of the blue. Some pretty views over the white rocks. Like the others said...there are no water falls on Buffalo Mtn. The trails were pretty well maintained with a couple small downed trees, nothing that couldn’t be navigated over though. Good hike!! Will be back to hit the trails I didn’t get today!!

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9 months ago

This is a great hike and will take you around the entire mountain. It does take quiet a while to complete

suuuper fun!! i went with three of my friends, we’re in highschool & it was really great. i would definitely recommend this as a half day, bonding type of hike.

9 months ago

Good family hike good view needs to be marked a little better

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10 months ago

The trail is marked by the white blazes and I had no difficulty following them. The trail also seems to be well maintained. I did venture off trail a couple of times just to explore or to see if there was a view. Overall great hike with some rewarding views!

there are nooooo waterfalls on buffalo mountain lol. beautiful views from the overlooks and pretty quiet once you get past the overlooks. be cautious about snakes, have seen many timber and copperhead up there.

Beautiful trail that follows a stream for the first segment then winds up the mountain with a lit of switchbacks. Definitely a more strenuous hike, but the views on a clear day at the top are worth it.

Great hike; views at top are incredible. I would rate this a strenuous hike tho. It is also 11 miles instead of 10 miles listed by All Trails.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

I hiked here yesterday. It was mostly all uphill and constant switchbacks all the way until you finally reach the picnic table, then it straightens out some. I would rate this definitely a more strenuous hike.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Fun hike. Needs better markings. Blue trail confusion

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Monday, January 08, 2018

This trail is very rewarding with a few steep elevation gains and beautiful views. I hiked it this afternoon and only saw one other person, so the woodland solitude just outside of town was well worth it! The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the trails are very poorly marked. I'm very glad I had my All Trails app with me, otherwise it would have been easy to get lost. Even still, the navigation was rather tricky, so come prepared with maps and or a GPS.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Has a great overlook that is not difficult to get to.

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