Appalachian Trail

Though it hugs the North Carolina border for nearly 200 miles, the Appalachian Trail doesn’t officially cross into Tennessee until it reaches the Nolichucky River at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (about four miles outside Erwin). On this section, elevations frequently exceed 5,000 feet.

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Buffalo Mountain Park

The developed paths are reached from the south side of Johnson City by the road leading to the radio and TV towers atop the mountain. From I-26 take 321 west into Johnson City, left on Cherokee Road, immediate left on Buffalo Road, right on Rolling Hills, right on High Ridge Road. Offers 8.2 miles of moderate hiking trails; a 1,500-foot rise from picnic area to the top can be strenuous. White Rock Trail is a very strenuous, three-mile hike. All mileage is measured from picnic area.

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Davy Crockett Birthplace


The celebrated frontiersman, warrior and backwoods statesman was born on the banks of the Nolichucky River in Limestone, Tennessee. Visit the restored cabin, which is furnished in the style of the late 1700s.

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Lacy Trap and Laurel Fork Trails

These trails are a very strenuous 15-mile-loop hike on the Appalachian Trail.
Follow US/19E Bypass southeast from Elizabethton, Tennessee, toward Roan Mountain and Boone. At Hampton, the routes separate; turn left and follow US 321/67 to trail.

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Pinnacle Firetower Hike

The Pinnacle Mountain Trail serves as a destination trail to a rehabilitated fire tower. The trailhead, at the foot of Buffalo Mountain, provides convenient trail access from Interstate 26, Exit 32, in the Town of Unicoi. From this trailhead vantage point, Pinnacle Mountain Trail #25 winds its way up the mountain at grades the whole family can enjoy.

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