Explore the most popular views 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.

4 days ago

Reviews are spot on! Very intense hike! Starts off fairly flat for the first half but then it gets very steep! Lots of rocks and loose dirt so the climb down gets tricky as well. We explored further down the path until we met the Holston Mountain trail and then turned back. Legs were definitely shaking on the way down! Was able to accomplish this as my 3rd hike after many years off! The view at the top is breathtaking! Looking forward to doing it again in the fall when the leaves are changing! Definitely recommend this hike if you can handle a steep climb up and down! Just make sure you have plenty of water and take plenty of breaks!

7 days ago

Very strenuous hike! The first part of the hike is very deceiving and leads u to believe that its not gonna be that bad. After about 1/4 a mile it is absolutely straight up the mountain for the rest of the hike. There are lots of trees to lean on the way up. If u do make it to the top, you will see one of the neatest habitats around here and some of the most unique wildflowers. Its totally worth the effort!

Harder than I thought it would be. The trail is as steep as described and is definitely hard. The road to get there has more potholes than actual road so drive with caution. Worth the view!

10 days ago

This is as hard as the other reviews say but man were the views worth it. If you can do it, definitely go

21 days ago

Great Hike! I didn't want to believe the other reviews on the difficulty, but they are pretty accurate, pretty much an uphill climb the whole way. Worth it though to get to see the view at the top.

an easy walk hike and bike on the lake side. I love this trail for a quick spin on the bike. Hard pack gravel so any bike as long it has tread tires, work fine. I've taken my cruiser and my mtnb/hybrid there.

I suggest not bringing the bike up on the ridge trail though, at all. It was very rough and may have been foolish to do so costing me a new derailleur as it had some decent drops last time I went. Going to go back to hike the ridge section soon.

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.

1 month 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.

2 months 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.

4 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.

5 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.

9 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

10 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!

10 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.

10 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.

10 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.

11 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.

11 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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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.

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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