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.

Length6.1 miElevation gain1,394 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingForestViews
Waypoints (2)
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Holston Mountain Trail
Trailhead
36.45815, -82.0764
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Turn back at Flint Mill Gap
36.47619, -82.05367
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Reviews (13)
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Ryan Oaks
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Sarah Jayne
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Beautiful view but steep hike out and depending on the time of year the trail is COVERED in stinging nettle.

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William Greening
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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.

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George Clark
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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.

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Istvan Karsai
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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.

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Hope Cox
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Great place to visit, beautiful site from flint rock

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Valarie Cassini
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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: http://bchet.org/trailspublic-lands/sullivan-carter-county-trail 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.

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verlin howell
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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.

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Ryan Oaks
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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.

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Crystal Lingerfelt
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Krisann Hart
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Jordan Banks
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Erika Phillips
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