Cascade Trail to Tip Top Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Cascade Trail to Tip Top Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Johnson City, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.2 miles
1,197 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers

Buffalo Mountain Park Hiking Trails

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!

1 month ago

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.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Great hike. There are a bunch of trails that connect and it’s very easy to get around . We ended up hiking a few different trails and did 4 miles.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Good hike on a bored Friday afternoon. really close to home. will definitely be back for this trail and the rest of the Buffalo Mountain trail system. signs could be better, but we made it.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

This is one I do a lot because it's so close to home. It's great exercise me and my dogs. I don't take my kids on this Trail because of the roots and rocks.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

moderately strenuous with some good incline. Pretty views throughout but almost always looking through a lot of brush. Bring lunch for the picnic table at the top. :)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Beautiful hike! 360 degree views from the top. If you want to propose to your girlfriend this is where you should do it. I should know -12/10/16 he proposed next to the picnic table. ☺️

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Great trail. Will definitely do again. A couple things though- according to my GPS it was 2.1 miles to get to the top of tip top trail from Cascade making it a 4.2 mile round trip. Also, if you are one that does not like plants touching your legs i would definitely recommend wearing breathable pants, the trail was really overgrown with vegetation. The trail was very well marked- marked with numerous white marks to keep you on the right trail. Great mountain views at the top with shade and a picnic table to enjoy a snack :)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Easiest section of buffalo mountain. Drive through the gate and make a right to drive up to the picnic area. head out from the map to the right and the first lookout is about .25 miles. continue along the white trail for an easy incline up to the sign for tip-top and make a right there for another .25 mile. NO WATERFALLS. none that I have ever found on buffalo mountain, anyway lol. nice cascades on the inner blue trail that turns pink trail halfway up.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Very challenging.

cross country skiing
Monday, June 15, 2015

It was so beautiful

Sunday, May 18, 2014

I started today from Lone Oak Road going 2 miles and 1000 feet incline to Tip Top. That track was called Buffalo Mountain part 1. From there I went to White Rock and the radio towers on down to the alternate parking area and trail head. That was Buffalo Mountain part 2. From there i went to the main parking lot and took the Cascade trail to Tip Top again before descending the 22 mile trail to my car. My iphone ran out of batteries but I save the last track as Buffalo Mountain part 3. All in all it was 5 hours and probably 12 miles for which the last three were u tracked.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Really pretty hike. I took some pictures but I don't see where to upload them easily. To get to the really good trails, keep driving up to the top. You can stop and park earlier and there are nice trails with good views, but not as good as up high!

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