Explore the most popular hiking trails near Bristol with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Flint Mill was awesome! Very short, but you will get a good workout in. I took lots of breaks. My legs were actually shaking on the way down because they were so tired. You get a great view at the top.

16 days ago

This is by far the hardest short hike I've ever done. It is more like a climb than a hike...the trail can be slippery and treacherous both up and back. The view of the lake is superb though...I rested on the rock and watched boats on the lake for who knows how long. If you're just going up for the view, there is not much point in continuing past the rocks...the trail is poorly maintained in spots and ends maybe 1/4 mile past the overlook at an intersection with other trails in the CNF.

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28 days ago

This hike was intense! We have not been hiking in years and I decided to pick a hard hike  it kicked our butts! The view was gorgeous but we did not make it all the way to the top for the best views. We were pretty close but couldn’t push ourselves or one another to reach the top. What a great exercise!!

Top View of South Holston Lake

Beautiful view! The woods part of the trail was fairly uphill. There was a lot of bugs, bring bug spray.

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3 months ago

This trail is rated as hard and I would say that is pretty accurate, but not because it’s dangerous (it’s not). This is a short hike, but with a huge jump in elevation. Your legs will be burning when you get to the top. The view is well worth the effort. It was warm today but still a little snow on the mountains to make for a picturesque view. When driving Into the Cherokee National Forest watch for potholes and deep mud holes. The directions on this app will put you right at the trailhead which is easy to drive right by and not see it.

Relatively easy hike with beautiful views of the lake and mountains.

This place isn't marked well and there are abandoned cars parked at the trailhead.

4 months ago

Very steep hike, but worth it for the view.

This was a good trail to hike. I do agree it should be rated as hard. However, it is definetly worth the climb the views are incredible. It is definetly slick on the way down because of the leaves, but fun.

Incredible views, especially with a touch of snow. Be ready for some leg burn! Definitely more of a climb than a hike on the wet leaves.

Super steep!! Should be rated as hard.

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8 months ago

this trail was super fun and super slippery on the way down, but sooo worth it! oh and bring lots of water we totally underestimated ourselves and ran out before we got to the top which sucked but everything went well regardless

This bad boy is definitely strenuous and can be dangerous due to the loose terrain and slope. But it's worth every bit of the hike

8 months ago

This hike is extremely steep and difficult for the average hiker. Lots of steep terrain and lose rock. I highly recommend hiking poles. The views of S. Holston Lake are phenomenal and worth the effort!

9 months ago

Should be rated as 'Hard'. Very steep, and sometimes treacherous incline and decline. Be prepared to fall a few times because of rocks and loose dirt. The view is awesome though.

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9 months ago

Super steep and not at all a moderate trail. Could be very dangerous in wet conditions, so take caution even in dry conditions. The views are amazing.

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9 months ago

Not for small children, or the elderly. I took my dog and he did fine but I wouldn’t take a small dog here. It’s not really a hike it’s more like climbing. The view is spectacular though!

More like a climb than a hike. Getting up there was straight up and hard. Coming down was dangerous and slippery. The view is totally worth it though.

10 months ago

It is a good trail,well marked and easy to follow. A moderate rating is misleading. It is short but quite steep. The view from Flint Rock is worth the lung busting climb. Wear good strong boots, bring plenty of water, consider hiking pole to help with footing. Mostly take your time and enjoy!

It was a decent little hike. I think I faceplanted fifty spiderwebs! I'll go in the winter so I can see the lake better.

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10 months ago

I'd definitely do it again after a year of cardio. lol. The view is totally worth the very steep climb from the bottom to the top.

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11 months ago

Quite a view, but you're going to work your butt off to see it. The trail should be marked as hard for the steepness. Don't take the trail behind the overlook thinking it will take you back the same way... it doesn't. Trust me.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

This trail should definitely be labeled as Hard, but the view is well worth the sweat. I wish I would have brought my hiking poles for the way down, definitely slid quite a few times.

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Friday, June 09, 2017

Amazing view, and beautiful wild flowers along the way! However, the trail is not the "run on the mill" intermediate trail. The first half mile is just a routine incline. However, the rest of the hike goes relatively straight up the mountain, with little to no serpentine path direction to ease the steep terrain! Make sure to wear very sturdy, good traction boots, and hiking poles are extremely helpful, especially on the way down. Make sure to take it nice and slow, and be sure of your footing before weight shift, and plant your hiking poles well. This will save you many slides, and potentially ruining your enjoyment of a beautiful hike.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I don't know if moderate is accurate. I hike fairly regularly and this trail was steep and pretty much straight up. Worth the sweat though!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Intermediate first .5 mile then very challenging but worth the climb when you reach the top.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Difficult hike, but the view is totally worth it. A lot of debris on the trail so wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of water!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

very steep accent, but totally worth the view from the top. lots of trees blocking the trail, but easy to get around. careful on the way back down.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Awesome views, but the hike is definitely steep. Bring lots of water and don't forget to rest along your ascent.

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