Holston Mountain Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Holston Mountain Trail is a 6.1 mile out and back trail located near Elizabethton, Tennessee that features a great forest setting. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.1 miles
1,394 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




9 days ago

After about a mile up the service road you reach the fire tower. The trail continues into the woods (blue blaze markers) at the bend in the service road right before turning to go up to the fire tower. However, the Trail is still VERY overgrown. I hacked about .2-.3 of a mile into it John Muir style but it just wasn’t worth it. If you are looking to get to flint rock for the overlook just take the flint mill trail instead.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Highly overgrown! It was a guess as to which way the trial went a head of you. I DO NOT recommend doing right now. I turned back after a short bit to be safe.

Friday, June 09, 2017

The first mile and the last half mile is nice. In summer it is easy to miss the HMT near the tower. It is not really near the tower, but it starts on the road curve behind you when you look at the tower. Then, it is the 2 miles of hike in stinging nettle (summer the trail is overgrown with them). The map do not show the 0.5 extra walk to the flint rock, which should be the main destination. The view from the flint rock is pretty nice, but the hike there is not really.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great place to visit, beautiful site from flint rock

Monday, September 28, 2015

the Cherokee national forest website has the wrong map for the Holston mountain zone, have contacted several times in 3 months and still not corrected. For a great map of Holston Mountain trails:
The trail that goes off the left side of the page past Flint rock overlook connects to the AT between 91 and 421 just yards north of the AT shelter.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Started at the gate to the fire tower, then continued out to flint rock overlook. beautiful views of South Holston lake and the speedway! took old service road 4202 back. Nice easy hike, 7.35 miles.

Monday, July 27, 2015

From panhandle road the trail starts out on gated road to firetower.the next 3 miles was grown up
with stinging nettles.then flintrock trail junction .the next 6 miles to hwy 421 is ridge walking.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

This is a great trail for beginners. I took my son on this trail when he was 8. It was his first hike. You can follow this trail out to the AT and continue on to 19E or hike in and out. There are some nice areas for camping along the trail. I have hiked this trail for many years. It's a great place to see wild life. Near the beginning of the trail there is an old fire tower which makes a great picnic area for short family hikes.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Friday, August 14, 2015