White Rock Loop is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Johnson City, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.1 miElevation gain1,354 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestViewswild-flowersWildlife
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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.

Johnson City Parks & Rec (423) 283-5815

From I-81, take Exit 57-A to Johnson City, which puts you on I-26 (formerly I-181). Take Exit 36 to State of Franklin Rd. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp. Stay on State of Franklin for about 5 miles. Just past ETSU, turn right on University Parkway. Follow this road to the redlight where it intersects with Cherokee Rd. Turn right on Cherokee Rd, then take the next left onto Buffalo Rd. Follow Buffalo Rd. for about a mile. Buffalo Rd will take a sharp left and High Ridge Rd will be to the right. Take High Ridge Rd. It is about another 1-2 miles to the trailhead, but a gate marks the entrance to Buffalo Mountain Park about half way up. This gate is frequently closed in the winter. Once you reach the picnic area, follow the one-way loop around about 3/4 of its length. On the right, there is a small parking area adjacent to the trailhead.

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Marco Nebb
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Great fun trail, but I happened to hike right after it snowed, so it was a bit sketchy in some areas, try to hike on dry days or in the summer

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ashley harrell
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Meek Rebecca
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We did this with our 2 daughters (10 & 8 years old) and our dog. Gorgeous views- well marked. Highlight was having snow/sleet fall on us a few minutes at the top!

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Kamron RH
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Evi Auc
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bombogenesis 6
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Daniel Waugh
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Daniel Arndt
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Danansi Kouame
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Challenging and interesting - made it up and back after an intense leg day and it still felt great. Found me a nice rock to do some reading.

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Dawn Simpson
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Naomi Yencich
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Tough with the trail covered with leaves. I would recommend going counterclockwise on the loop - clockwise is straight up for the first hour

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Jerome Cook
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Kalen Hayden
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Great hike!

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Brian Ingram
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Great trail! Moderately hard.

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Ann Johnson
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Brian Rosecrance
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I agree with some of the other reviews. This is not a moderate level hike. It is difficult

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Darren Overlin
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Not too aggressive, kid friendly. My wife, 9 year old daughter and I really enjoy the beauty of the trail

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Kirby Lastinger
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This is a great hike for those that like great views. Is fairly rugged and some areas could be challenging for those not in good shape.

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Mark Bender Sr.
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Deanna User
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Tatiana Henry
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Sarah Black
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Alex Silver
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Great loop! Marked very well, lots of blazes and signs. We included spurs to Tip Top and Huckleberry knob for the views. Did this on Labor Day weekend and (happily) surprised it wasn’t too crowded. Be careful that the trail is very narrow is some parts- would not be ideal for young kids to do this hike.

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Gabriel Bolling
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Susan Shafer
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The first thing I want to say is this trail is rated moderate and the description states not difficult. I beg to differ. That being said it is a lovely, lengthy hike with a lot of uphill climbing followed by steep downhill and was very narrow at times We parked near the service road, crossed 2 foot bridges and had to choose which way to begin the loop. We chose to go right and encountered another parking area near Harris pavilion. We continued on The White loop trail took in amazing views of Johnson city and continued our way back to the parking lot. After the Tip Top in and out trail - we basically started our descent, climbing over rocks and followed the markings and came to a gravel road. Unsure to go left or or right and using the All Trails app to navigate we went right and found a sign which said "trailhead" with blue markings and eventually made it back to the white loop trail. Our 5.1 trail turned into 7.1. Miles and roughly 4 hours. Definitely would redefine to hard rating.

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shane barger
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Nichole Bradshaw
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Strenuous but gorgeous hike! My favorite hike to date! The water flows down the mountain. The path crosses the stream in several places. There are many gorgeous little waterfalls along the way.

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Jason Hamrick
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Seth Farley
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