The northern districts have excellent hiking and riding trails with vast expanses of forested hills and mountains, scenic overlooks and lots of wildlife.
This is only a select list of trails, so check with the ranger station for more trails, current maps and information. These trails are linear and not looped, unless otherwise noted. Trail mileages are one way.
Easy, 3.0 miles. Check out the trailhead information board for area history and logging/railroad remnants you can still see along the trail.
Easy, 3.0 miles. Meanders along Paint Creek from the Paint Creek Rec. area.
(Temple Hill vicinity) Moderate, 2.9 miles. Meanders along Granny Lewis Creek.
Moderate, 6.9 miles. See description of the Appalachian Trail, running from Georgia to Maine, on this page.
Moderate 12.9 miles. Paralleling the A.T. on opposite mountain tops, this trail can be cornbined with the A.T. to form a multi-day loop route.
Moderate, 8.3 miles. This trail was formerly a segment of the A.T., and offers excellent views of the surrounding countryside.
(Unaka Mountain/Limestone Cove) Moderate, 3.38 miles. Passe through the Unaka Mountain Wilderness.
(Old Forge/Round Knob vicinity) Three easy to moderate trails form a 5-mile loop.
(Weaver Bend vicinity) 2.5 miles. Use forest roads to lengthen ride.
(Laurel Bloomery vicinity) Moderate, 5.7 miles. Climbs to the crest of Rogers Ridge and passes through mountain balds.
(South Holston Lake vicinity) Easy, 13.75 miles. Can be combined with forest roads to form a system of loops.
As noted on page 2, gated (closed) roads may be used for horseback and mountain bicycle riding. Here are some suggested roads:
(Unaka Springs vicinity) 6.4 miles.
(Martin's Creek vicinity) 2.5 miles.
(from Long Branch to Nelson Gap) 1.38 miles; gated seasonally.
(from Paint Creek Recreation Area to Paint Rock) 10 miles.
(Dogwood Bench Road, from U.S. 421 to Forest Road 32) 7.6 miles
(Pine Mountain Road from U.S. 421 to Forest Road 32) 5.4 miles.
Easy to moderate, 12.79 miles. Paved trailhead at Horse Cove Gap; scenic views of Unaka Mtn.
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