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joe morris
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Hiking

Little Stoney Creek Trail is cleared to FS standards as of 7/7/20. 3.4 miles to the intersection of the Holston Mountain West Trail. Holston Mountain Trail was the Appalachian Trail until 1954. From our intersection point at 36.42 -82.14 you are 10 miles from Double Springs Shelter on the current AT. Little Stoney Creek has an absolutely beautiful "bath tub" and we hope you get an opportunity to enjoy it. Follow our trail maintenance by joining the open Facebook group Trail Maintainers. If you find blocked trails or maintenance issues on any of the trails in East Tennessee you can report them to us on the Maintainers page.

John Wright
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Mountain bikingOver grown

The trail was so overgrown that I just biked on the National Forest Service road that I took to get there! It was a blast! The old forrest is thick with life! I can’t wait to do it again. I’ll try this trail in the fall when plant life dies down.

Shannon Glover
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Hiking

This trail has lots of potential it just needs some serious TLC. There is a great waterhole to cool off in less than a mile in and there are several other plunge pools, cascades as you travel further. The first problem is that there is minimal parking at the trail head. The trail comes off of a dead end road where you will need to park over to the right side as much as possible to keep from blocking access to a drive going to private property. There really isn’t room for more than 3 maybe 4 vehicles. Regarding the trail itself, the further up the trail you go the more overgrown and unimproved the trail gets, especially after the “swimming hole.” At one point we took what ended up being a wrong turn that led us about a quarter mile the wrong way before realizing our error and backtracking to get back on the trail. It was just my wife and I, both in pretty good health, but it took us much longer to navigate this trail than it should have for the relatively short distance it is due to downfalls and over growth. We were also slowed significantly after almost stepping on a good size rattlesnake and then deciding to drop the pace even more so we could thoroughly scan the less than obvious trail edges for others. At times we could see what appeared to be beautiful cascades and falls, but there was really no way to get to them without bushwhacking a trail of your own, which is practically what we had to do a good portion of the trail. There are also several large rock bluffs and boulders on each side of the valley you travel through most of the way as well. The trail for the most part appears to be an old logging road and could seemingly be cleaned up relatively easily. Maybe next time we’ll try it during the winter.

Max Schmidt
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grownRocky
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Kara Williamson
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Hiking

A peaceful hike. I was a bit anxious when parking as the trailhead is at the very end of a dead end road on what appears to be private property. A couple people were outside so i was able to ease my mind and ask if it was ok to park there. Beautiful secluded scenery and a picturesque swimming hole. Best part is i didn’t see anyone else the whole hike. There are many creek crossings so bring appropriate shoes.

Felicia Losh
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Hiking

Trail was pretty steep, but a great hike. It was also longer than 3.1 miles.

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Jamin Rathbun
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Scramble

Moderate elevation. Mostly in the woods. Partially on fire roads. Don’t miss the overlook out and back. It’s a highlight of this trail.

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Michael Pappas
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Hiking

Completed this hike April 29. Started on the forest road, 1 mile to Firetower. Trail is well marked, and being spring easy to follow. Plenty of wildflowers. From the trailhead it was 3 miles to the Flint Mill Trail overlook. Steep climb up to Holston Mtn ridgeline on the return. This is a winter or early spring hike. Still no leaves so nice views of South Holston Lake. Summer is hot and buggy.

Michelle Hackett
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Hiking

We (2 adults, 5 kids from 18m to 11 years old) enjoyed this hike. We didn’t get wet at all because it’s been so dry. The trail is not really well maintained. We rarely see wildlife because our kids always scare everything into hiding. This time we were excited to see a painted turtle!

Ann Freeman
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Hiking

I did the hike in the reverse direction descending down 2024 and following the map/directions in the reverse order back to my starting point. For late September, it was unseasonably hot and humid and by the time I got to the climb up Furnace Branch trail, I was quite fatigued! I did see some fall color and enjoyed the forest. I would enjoy this one more in winter, I think. Low Gap Campground, by the way, is no longer a campground, although you can see the remains in places. (My 2004 NatGeo map still showed it as a campground.) On Panhandle Rd., I also recommend visiting the memorial to the two young airmen who died in a plane crash there in 1976.

Cory Clark
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HikingOver grown

This trail has a ton of potential and is probably great late fall to early spring. However, it is very overgrown on the Holston Mountain (trail 44) portion of the loop between the fire tower and the junction with FS Rd 4202 and Flint Mill at Flint Mill Gap. If you want to see the spectacular view from Flint Mill Rock, stay on the lower (northern) FS road 4202 for an out and back instead of incorporating Holston Mountain for a loop. Unless you’re looking for 1.5 miles of knee to waist high nettles. Also, go early and cool off with a swim in “Blue Hole” on your way out. Side note, my watch measured this at closer to 6.5 miles.

Logan Roark
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HikingBlowdownBugs

I did not go as far as I had planned because I got sidetracked by the swimming area which is absolutely gorgeous. Watch out for tics, I found a couple. The swimming hole is about a mile in and there was an awesome spot to hang my hammock and even take a quick swim.

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Yong Li
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It was a sunny day and I enjoyed the 6+ miles I did. Parts of the trail had blow-downs which made the hike more interesting.

Chelsey Shirey
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Hiking

A little steeper than anticipated. Overall, nice trail! Being 6mo pregnant didn’t make things super easy, so we didn’t make it the entire way.

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David Shirey
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HikingMuddyRocky

Dog friendly, very steep, not much to look at. Trail head is easy to miss so look for the trail marker. Lots of rocks on the trail that are loose so not great conditions.

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Matt Smith
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The hike and area is pretty, but they are a lot of low life’s in the area. Someone broke into my car, shot it, tried to steal it and stole everything out of it. Too many meth heads in the area, be very cautious.

Anthony Walker
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Hiking

Start at the old Low Gap campground on Holston Ridge along Panhandle Road, and drop down to the Holston West Trail. Proceed west along the northern slope where you will gain views of the Holston Valley (winter only) and pass through a forest setting. After climbing the ridge, you will pick up the Furnace Branch trail. Along the Furnace Branch Trail you will pass through old growth forest. The trees are small due to the terrain but you will notice a variety of trees and gnarly growth which are typical of old growth. Furnace Branch will terminate on an forest road. Take the forest road east until you intersect the Rye Patch Trail Follow Rye Patch east until you intersect the Low Gap Trail. Low Gap is one of the prettiest forest trails on the mountain. Ascend up the trail back to the Low Gap Campground. Enjoy! A very pleasant forest loop hike.

Robert Spiegel
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Hiking

This is one of the shortest and easiest ways to hike to the Holston Mountain ridgeline from the Sullivan County side. Once at the top, you can easily make the short hike up Panhandle Road to the Rye Patch peak (second highest on Holston) or cross the road to take a trail down into Carter County. The trail is well used and in reasonably good condition, with some of the nicest views on the mountain. I like to do this trail at least once a year.

Heather Lieb
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Hiking

Nice hike but the views were definitely on the way up and not a clearing.

Avishai Halev
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Great little hike, lots of water. Bring waterproof boots or water shoes. Google maps doesn’t send you to the right location - the trailhead is on the West side of the creek.

Samatva Peace
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Hiking

This was a very enjoyable (and a bit wet) challenge today. The joy was dampened by the condition of the trail more than by the rain. I think this trail should be retired unless major work can be done (alas, I'm not in a good place to take on working on it, myself). It is a great space, but the trail is in bad shape. About 1/3 of the trail is erosion ruts, and I felt guilty in passing through making it worse (albeit a tiny bit). On the lower sections, the mountain laurel has overgrown, requiring me to stoop for lots of these parts (I'm 6'00"). There are sections of the trail that apparently have disappeared, requiring frequent GPS checks to get back on track.There are no markings. I did place a pile of limbs at one junction off of the logging road, since there were misleading pieces of day-glow orange surveyor's tape nearby. Sometimes, getting back on track was to find the erosion ruts! There are multiple downed trees, including a very recent (Maple or Sweet Gum) tree top that fell directly on the trail. Several other large logs lie across the trail, but they are not as much an obstacle. I did see a bit of recent clearing work, as noted by Anthony, yet the amount of work done appears to have been less than the recent new debris further up the trail. I also found what may have been long-abandoned trails and/or animal trails, but these usually dead-ended into underbrush. The logging roads were not routed in an ecologically responsible way, which is part of the reason for the erosion ruts. They are often very steep (did they use cables to pull vehicles up and down?) and there are no erosion control water diversion cut-outs. Several of the logging roads dead-end as well... If I was a permanent resident of this area, and could get FS permission, I would likely try to get a group of folks together to do some trail maintenance. It would be great to develop a couple of loops of varying distance, to open this great area to more people. That would also help mitigate some of the damage already there by the bad existing trails and roads.

Anthony Walker
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Hiking

Re-hiked this trail today. The trail has been cleared somewhat on the lower sections (e.g. debris around the downed tree cleared). Peter's description is still apt. The trail is difficult to follow on the upper sections. Please do use a GPS. Still a useful and pleasant exit from this part of the mtn.

Tanner White
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HikingBugs

The end is not worth effort, good work out though. Probably should be rated hard.

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Ann Freeman
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Hiking

I just hiked ~half of the trail and back (3.5 miles). Good exercise. Some nice views and scenery but no major overlooks. Always nice just to be out in the woods. It was a steady uphill climb - nothing "flat" about Chestnut Flats.

Todd Bowman
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Hiking

We went in early Feb. with snow on the ground and the views were amazing.

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