White Rock Loop

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White Rock Loop is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Johnson City, Tennessee that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,354 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

This is a nice place to hike when you don't have a lot of time to get out of the city. The view is great, especially on a clear day. The hike isn't difficult, but if you take the White Rock trail, it is easy to get off the path. At a sign marking the direction of the access road, the trail seems to follow the stream, but this simply leads back to some small waterfalls. It is definitely worth a look if you have time, but the trail to White Rock actually goes uphill at the sign. If you stand with you back to the sign, the trail goes up the mountain over some tree roots, then curves back to the right. May/June is a popular time to visit this trail, as the rhodedendrons are in bloom. You can make the hike a loop if you take the Tip Top trail back to the parking area. Word of caution: This may not be the best place to hike alone, especially for females. Sometimes there are strange people hanging around the picnic area.

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25 days ago

Some poison ivy near the tip top that is difficult to avoid.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, take your time and stop at the overlooks. Well worth the time. If you don't like cliffs and narrow trails along cliffs dont take this hike. We loved it. Some people complained about trail markers. This was one of the best marked trails we have been on. We hike every week and had no issues.

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over grown
1 month ago

Was a fun and challenging trail with elevation at some points. Markings weren’t the clearest but the map on the app saved us more than once. Would do again.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Fun trail for hiking with the dogs

hiking
2 months ago

I think that the trail had a lot to offer. I think that the overview is truly amazing. Some parts of the trail had overgrown trees and the trail wasn’t clearly marked. I would definitely travel the trail again.

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3 months ago

love the rocky, tooth, steep trail. however, PLEASE, PLEASE add trail markers. Lots of confusion when 2 or 3 trails intersect and NO signage. Had to back track more than once, takes some of the joy out of the hike.

4 months ago

good trail. nice view of the city.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, good view of Johnson City. Trail is kinda hard to follow at times.

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
washed out
4 months ago

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5 months ago

Picturesque views, definitely a moderate trail, and trail markings are somewhat difficult to follow.

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muddy
rocky
snow
6 months ago

trails were cool. heard trains, chainsaws, helicopters and traffic from Johnson city the whole time. other than that and the confusion of trails it was ok.

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9 months ago

Loved it! It’s steep but it’s a great hike. I probably wouldn’t take little kids or a stroller. Dogs seem to like it.

10 months ago

The first half of the hike was definitely strenuous with the uphills, but we luckily chose to turn left at the start of the loop so most of the uphill was in the shade and the downhill was more in the sun. We also got off the trail and had to double back a few times so we ended up walking more like 6 miles than 5 (like when the trail crossed the service road, we didn't realize you had to walk up the road and we walked down and started back up on the wrong trail), but the views made the long hike worth it. We did come across a snake blocking our path but we just waited a few minutes and he left the path. Overall it was a good, tiring hike.

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11 months ago

It can be very hot due to lack of coverage from trees. The trails aren’t always the best marked according to which direction you take the trail but overall it is good exercise. There are also some pretty viewing points.

11 months ago

Very narrow paths, moderate trail. Be careful of snakes, ran across one on my hike. Beautiful views!

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11 months ago

A very enjoyable hike that left me feeling refreshed and satisfied. The walk to the top was long and tiring, but the view was totally worth it. Also, two deer blessed me with their brief presence.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Hike was more challenging than I thought. Slippery rocks and roots during multiple unbridged stream bed crossings were found on trails other than the loop. We went clockwise from the picnic area on the loop and it seemed to be uphill most of the time. After White Rocks we took Tower trail down to Noggin and then Hartselle to get back to the car quicker. Noggin was narrow and steep with Hartselle being an active creek bed most of the way. When we stepped out on to White Rocks we found more than one type of poisonous snake sunning itself and absorbing heat from the near by rocks. That was expected as possible so we were looking and cautious. No problems and good pics from a distance. Did notice older men driving and parking around the around the picnic and camping areas. Got the feeling this could be a pickle park but we were not bothered nor did we see any casual encounters.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

This trail offers some pretty good views at the summit, but it is by far the worst marked trail I’ve been on. I do not mind unmarked trails, or having to venture to find my way, but there is a highway of trails that are either marked blue or white with no indication of where they go or why. This trail would be better if it were unmarked as it would be less confusing as the markings that have no rhyme or reason. That being said, it leaves a lot to be explored especially if you take a wrong turn. It would be easy to keep walking In small loops unintentionally

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

kind of confusing at parts, but that's part of the fun. it's beautiful there!!!!!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Good hike with several good overlooks. The loop is the best trail here. Most the others are hard on your legs

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

The trail is a little hard to follow because there is usually a big gap between markings. Also, the trail is very small and you will hit overhanging branches and foliage. There is mostly steep inclines and declines with little medium walking ground. The views are amazing though, definitely worth all the hike! When you get to the road it is a little tricky getting back on the path but just look and you should find it no problem! Hiked a total of over 5 miles and they were all worth it! DO NOT go on these trails when it is raining because some parts would be impossible to pass.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Had a good hike through Buffalo Mtn today. The trails kind of cross each other. We did some of the white and some of the blue. Some pretty views over the white rocks. Like the others said...there are no water falls on Buffalo Mtn. The trails were pretty well maintained with a couple small downed trees, nothing that couldn’t be navigated over though. Good hike!! Will be back to hit the trails I didn’t get today!!

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

This is a great hike and will take you around the entire mountain. It does take quiet a while to complete

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