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

After about a mile up the service road you reach the fire tower. The trail continues into the woods (blue blaze markers) at the bend in the service road right before turning to go up to the fire tower. However, the Trail is still VERY overgrown. I hacked about .2-.3 of a mile into it John Muir style but it just wasn’t worth it. If you are looking to get to flint rock for the overlook just take the flint mill trail instead.

Not really a hike. Pretty river views. Just Nice walk. Easy to get to. right in Town.

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6 months ago

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

6 months ago

Good hiking/jogging trail. Great views of the lake this time of year and the Tri-Cities area.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Highly overgrown! It was a guess as to which way the trial went a head of you. I DO NOT recommend doing right now. I turned back after a short bit to be safe.

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Friday, June 09, 2017

The first mile and the last half mile is nice. In summer it is easy to miss the HMT near the tower. It is not really near the tower, but it starts on the road curve behind you when you look at the tower. Then, it is the 2 miles of hike in stinging nettle (summer the trail is overgrown with them). The map do not show the 0.5 extra walk to the flint rock, which should be the main destination. The view from the flint rock is pretty nice, but the hike there is not really.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Great trail to access the southeast Holston Mountain trail system from Holston High Point

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Enjoyed the forest and views. Also checked out several geocaches along the way.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great place to visit, beautiful site from flint rock

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Walked about 3/4 of this trail from forest service road 87 today. Beautiful 120 degree views of holston lake, bristol speedway and bays mountain in the distance. Perhaps done best when leaves are down--as they were today.

Monday, September 28, 2015

the Cherokee national forest website has the wrong map for the Holston mountain zone, have contacted several times in 3 months and still not corrected. For a great map of Holston Mountain trails:
http://bchet.org/trailspublic-lands/sullivan-carter-county-trail
The trail that goes off the left side of the page past Flint rock overlook connects to the AT between 91 and 421 just yards north of the AT shelter.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Started at the gate to the fire tower, then continued out to flint rock overlook. beautiful views of South Holston lake and the speedway! took old service road 4202 back. Nice easy hike, 7.35 miles.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

From panhandle road the trail starts out on gated road to firetower.the next 3 miles was grown up
with stinging nettles.then flintrock trail junction .the next 6 miles to hwy 421 is ridge walking.

This was a very strenuous hike almost all uphill with very little relief on the way up. It was quite rocky and and I only passed 4 horseback riders. I would guessed the cyclist whose truck was in the parking area took Taylor Ridge trail as I couldn't imagine a mountain bike on half of the trail I walked. There are very great views up and down the mountains where the power lines ascend the mountain. You will pass the power lines 4 times on the way up. There are also 2 creek crossings but they barely had running water. I spent the entire time looking to make sure I didn't step in horse dung and I didn't see any boot marks or bike tracks. Once I made it to Low Gap I took the Panhandle Road all the way to the towers.

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

This is a great trail for beginners. I took my son on this trail when he was 8. It was his first hike. You can follow this trail out to the AT and continue on to 19E or hike in and out. There are some nice areas for camping along the trail. I have hiked this trail for many years. It's a great place to see wild life. Near the beginning of the trail there is an old fire tower which makes a great picnic area for short family hikes.

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