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

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walking
21 days ago

If you start near Lesion Street, it's pretty much going down. Coming back you have a very slight incline. Beautiful too and well maintained. Just be careful and don't go alone. They have had issues with people on the trail.

hiking
28 days ago

Loved it! It’s steep but it’s a great hike. I probably wouldn’t take little kids or a stroller. Dogs seem to like it.

on Tweetsie Trail

mountain biking
1 month ago

It's a good place to ride to get a good work out in if you don't have much time. It has really helped build me up to go on to harder bike trails and there is a lot of beautiful scenery and a lot of nice people to meet that makes it just that much better!

on Tweetsie Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Well kept, wide, mostly graveled. I walk and run on this trail and would rate it easy. No obstacles, good for bicycles and strollers.

The first half of the hike was definitely strenuous with the uphills, but we luckily chose to turn left at the start of the loop so most of the uphill was in the shade and the downhill was more in the sun. We also got off the trail and had to double back a few times so we ended up walking more like 6 miles than 5 (like when the trail crossed the service road, we didn't realize you had to walk up the road and we walked down and started back up on the wrong trail), but the views made the long hike worth it. We did come across a snake blocking our path but we just waited a few minutes and he left the path. Overall it was a good, tiring hike.

hiking
3 months ago

It can be very hot due to lack of coverage from trees. The trails aren’t always the best marked according to which direction you take the trail but overall it is good exercise. There are also some pretty viewing points.

3 months ago

Very narrow paths, moderate trail. Be careful of snakes, ran across one on my hike. Beautiful views!

hiking
3 months ago

A very enjoyable hike that left me feeling refreshed and satisfied. The walk to the top was long and tiring, but the view was totally worth it. Also, two deer blessed me with their brief presence.

hiking
4 months ago

Hike was more challenging than I thought. Slippery rocks and roots during multiple unbridged stream bed crossings were found on trails other than the loop. We went clockwise from the picnic area on the loop and it seemed to be uphill most of the time. After White Rocks we took Tower trail down to Noggin and then Hartselle to get back to the car quicker. Noggin was narrow and steep with Hartselle being an active creek bed most of the way.

When we stepped out on to White Rocks we found more than one type of poisonous snake sunning itself and absorbing heat from the near by rocks. That was expected as possible so we were looking and cautious. No problems and good pics from a distance.

Did notice older men driving and parking around the around the picnic and camping areas. Got the feeling this could be a pickle park but we were not bothered nor did we see any casual encounters.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail offers some pretty good views at the summit, but it is by far the worst marked trail I’ve been on. I do not mind unmarked trails, or having to venture to find my way, but there is a highway of trails that are either marked blue or white with no indication of where they go or why. This trail would be better if it were unmarked as it would be less confusing as the markings that have no rhyme or reason. That being said, it leaves a lot to be explored especially if you take a wrong turn. It would be easy to keep walking In small loops unintentionally

kind of confusing at parts, but that's part of the fun. it's beautiful there!!!!!

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike with several good overlooks. The loop is the best trail here. Most the others are hard on your legs

road biking
5 months ago

The first part of the trail was interesting and well maintained and kept you alert for stops.
The second part of the trail was noisy and traffic made crossings difficult but if you wanted a place to eat and rest you had many choices.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is a little hard to follow because there is usually a big gap between markings. Also, the trail is very small and you will hit overhanging branches and foliage. There is mostly steep inclines and declines with little medium walking ground. The views are amazing though, definitely worth all the hike! When you get to the road it is a little tricky getting back on the path but just look and you should find it no problem! Hiked a total of over 5 miles and they were all worth it! DO NOT go on these trails when it is raining because some parts would be impossible to pass.

hiking
6 months ago

Had a good hike through Buffalo Mtn today. The trails kind of cross each other. We did some of the white and some of the blue. Some pretty views over the white rocks. Like the others said...there are no water falls on Buffalo Mtn. The trails were pretty well maintained with a couple small downed trees, nothing that couldn’t be navigated over though. Good hike!! Will be back to hit the trails I didn’t get today!!

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great hike and will take you around the entire mountain. It does take quiet a while to complete

suuuper fun!! i went with three of my friends, we’re in highschool & it was really great. i would definitely recommend this as a half day, bonding type of hike.

6 months ago

Good family hike good view needs to be marked a little better

hiking
6 months ago

The trail is marked by the white blazes and I had no difficulty following them. The trail also seems to be well maintained. I did venture off trail a couple of times just to explore or to see if there was a view. Overall great hike with some rewarding views!

there are nooooo waterfalls on buffalo mountain lol. beautiful views from the overlooks and pretty quiet once you get past the overlooks. be cautious about snakes, have seen many timber and copperhead up there.

Beautiful trail that follows a stream for the first segment then winds up the mountain with a lit of switchbacks. Definitely a more strenuous hike, but the views on a clear day at the top are worth it.

walking
8 months ago

Nice, well kept trail. Would rate it as easy. It’s completely flat.

I hiked here yesterday. It was mostly all uphill and constant switchbacks all the way until you finally reach the picnic table, then it straightens out some. I would rate this definitely a more strenuous hike.

9 months ago

Fun hike. Needs better markings. Blue trail confusion

road biking
9 months ago

Great place to take a safe long bike ride. Packed gravel and pretty decent scenery make this for a great spot for a spin.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is very rewarding with a few steep elevation gains and beautiful views. I hiked it this afternoon and only saw one other person, so the woodland solitude just outside of town was well worth it! The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the trails are very poorly marked. I'm very glad I had my All Trails app with me, otherwise it would have been easy to get lost. Even still, the navigation was rather tricky, so come prepared with maps and or a GPS.

hiking
11 months ago

Has a great overlook that is not difficult to get to.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Great hike. There are a bunch of trails that connect and it’s very easy to get around . We ended up hiking a few different trails and did 4 miles.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Great views, but definitely challenging with a lot of cardio.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

it was snowing with a lot of clouds when I went. parts were very steep and the trail markings are a bit confusing. the payoff might be better on a clear day

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