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Viking Mountain Road: Allen Gap to Little Bald Mountain

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Cherokee National Forest

Viking Mountain Road: Allen Gap to Little Bald Mountain is a 15.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Greeneville, Tennessee that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,713 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

mountain biking

scenic driving

partially paved


Don’t let the paved road discourage you from doing this one on foot! The area is a bit too developed for my taste, and the view from the “bald” where the towers are (which is where the app leads you) isn’t much, but when you hop over to the AT and gaze out over the valley, you’ll find the whole trek was worth it.

7 months ago

Easy trail short hike to the rock bluff if you drive to the top.

8 months ago

amazing veiws

Wed Apr 24 2019

can be reached by car. there are trails all over this mountain but viking Mtn has a road to the top. When gravel ends just stay left on payment.

Thu Mar 07 2019

beautiful section of the Appalachian Trail.

Tue Jan 01 2019

Fantastic vistas along the way. Some hidden spots that put you right on the edge to view the whole valley and range. Heavy vandalism and littering in some spots. Could use some oversight and clean up. Fun for 4x4 off-road in some areas. Lots of trails to other spots in certain areas. Can be muddy at times.

Sun Sep 09 2018

I would not recommend this as a hike but it is a beautiful drive! I made it up the mountain in my station wagon fairly easily. The road is in great condition with very little gravel wash outs. Parked at the top and hiked the rest of the way up to Camp Creek Cove and along the AT. Breathe taking views along the way definitely worth the drive up!

ohv/off road driving
Fri Jul 27 2018

Amazing views definitely worth the sketchy switch back drive. You don’t “need” four wheel drive as I didn’t use it once but you NEED clearance due to large rocks on the road and rugged conditions. When you get to the top follow the blacktop that will lead you to a makeshift parking lot from there it’s a 15 minute walk to the stunning cliffs.

Mon Jul 09 2018

The view was spectacular. You can see for miles and miles.

Fri Apr 27 2018

Don’t recommend this as a hike, as all of it is on a gravel road, but it is a pretty drive with an amazing view of the country side at the top of the mountain.

Mon Feb 19 2018

This is a hard run but the view is worth it

Mon Jul 03 2017

Beautiful view!

Wed Jan 06 2016


Mon Dec 21 2015

This trail gave me a taste of the 4 prior AT sections I've hiked this fall. I enjoyed it enough to hike it again. We started out with 1"+ of snow; wind was powerful at times; the grade was mixed - all parts were enjoyable, even the rock climb! Scenic views were FABULOUS! Snow, ice, slush, mush, wet, damp and partially dry were part of today's hike from Viking Mtn to Devil's Fork Gap.

Mon Mar 09 2015

We hiked from Viking mountain to the top of Horse Creek. This is a five hour hike, plus an hour if you park at the bottom of Horse Creek trail. The trail has nice views especially in the Fall. Most of the trail is moderate with a few inclines.

ohv/off road driving
Mon Sep 16 2013

It was a nice drive with some off-roading mixed in. The view from the top (4500 ft elevation, according to my GPS) was nice. I would definitely like to go back when there's some snow!

scenic driving
Sat Aug 24 2013

The drive to Viking Mountain is very beautiful... there are several places to pull off and enjoy the scenery. The road is paved half way up then a rather decent gravel to the top. There are small waterfalls that burst from the rocks on your drive up that are flowing in the summer, and form a beautiful ice sculpture in the winter. My family and I goto Viking Mtn often. The trails are fairly easy, my most recent hike was to the Blackstack Cliffs which are not featured on this site. But they are gorgeous and the view is fantastic!! The area is dog friendly however the blackstack cliff is a lil tricky towards the end, there is a small rock bluff that you must climb down. Awesome trip any season.

Mon Apr 22 2019

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Mon Oct 30 2017