Holston Mountain and Flint Mill Gap

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Cherokee National Forest

Holston Mountain and Flint Mill Gap is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elizabethton, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length7.5 miElevation gain1,243 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewswild-flowersWildlife
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Danielle Robidoux
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Craig Cooke
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Alex Massingill
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Hiking

Great hike! Did it backwards and would only recommend that if you're looking for steep inclines on the way back. Last mile, from the fire tower back was mostly a somewhat steep rocky road so my heels were feeling it but a nice hike overall. Give it a week or two and the trees would have had a lot more color I'd assume. Didn't see anyone else on the trail and the lookout was perfect.

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Souhail Shamiyeh
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finding the trail was difficult initially. need to get on it before reaching the tower. the trail was not well kept. getting to the overlook is a must. the views for the lake from that rock formation are breathtaking. no water till you reach the service road on the way back. few springs seen. the picture of blue hole waterfalls on this site was deceiving.

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Sylvain Bruni
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HikingOver grown

Strenuous and highly over grown trail, but worth every step. The view from Flint Rock is majestic and peaceful. Follow the blue blazes and you won’t get lost.

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Jamin Rathbun
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Scramble

Moderate elevation. Mostly in the woods. Partially on fire roads. Don’t miss the overlook out and back. It’s a highlight of this trail.

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Michael Pappas
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Hiking

Completed this hike April 29. Started on the forest road, 1 mile to Firetower. Trail is well marked, and being spring easy to follow. Plenty of wildflowers. From the trailhead it was 3 miles to the Flint Mill Trail overlook. Steep climb up to Holston Mtn ridgeline on the return. This is a winter or early spring hike. Still no leaves so nice views of South Holston Lake. Summer is hot and buggy.

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Cory Clark
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HikingOver grown
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This trail has a ton of potential and is probably great late fall to early spring. However, it is very overgrown on the Holston Mountain (trail 44) portion of the loop between the fire tower and the junction with FS Rd 4202 and Flint Mill at Flint Mill Gap. If you want to see the spectacular view from Flint Mill Rock, stay on the lower (northern) FS road 4202 for an out and back instead of incorporating Holston Mountain for a loop. Unless you’re looking for 1.5 miles of knee to waist high nettles. Also, go early and cool off with a swim in “Blue Hole” on your way out. Side note, my watch measured this at closer to 6.5 miles.

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Michael Pearson
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Alyssa Elliott
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Carla Hall
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Randy Daly
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Craig Cooke
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Danielle Robidoux
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vernie ramsey
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Michael Pappas
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Yong Li
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Missy Ensor
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