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3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer loop
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Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 930' 283 m
Descent: -931' -284 m
High: 2,063' 629 m
Low: 1,239' 378 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

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A great (but challenging) hike only thirty minutes from downtown Knoxville.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

The House Mountain State Natural Area opens at dawn and closes at dusk.

Overview

A strenous hike with roughly an 18% gradient that grants hikers a beautiful view of several mountain ranges in the area.

The only drawbacks to this hike concerns erosion from hiking/trail running. Orange fences have been built to maintain the trails.

The state natural area is dog-friendly, although the trails are rather narrow and perhaps not ideal for two-way traffic with a dog.

Need to Know

This is a fairly strenuous hike with rocky outcrops that may prove difficult to traverse.

Description

Directions: Take I-40 East to Rutledge Pike, exit 392, and turn right off the exit. In ten miles, turn left on Idumea Rd. Turn left on Hogskin Rd and the House Mountain State Natural Area will be on the right.

Beginning at the House Mountain State Natural Area parking lot, hikers will take West Overlook Trail from the trail junction. In 0.8 miles, the trail will switchback to Crest Trail, roughly 1.5 miles in length. Following the mountain ridge, hikers can take Crest Trail to the West Overlook which provides a view of the Cumberland Mountains to the North and the Smokies to the South.

From there, Crest Trail continues uphill until it dead-ends at the East Overlook. The East Overlook is considered the more spectacular view of the two, offering a view of the Clinch and Unaka Mountain Range. Hikers will proceed to backtrack from the East Overlook to the trail junction at Crest Trail and Mountain Trail. Follow Mountain Trail back to the parking lot to conclude the hike!

Flora & Fauna

Hawks, grouse, woodpeckers, tanagers, turkeys, and many other birds.

History & Background

House Mountain, which consists of roughly 525 acres, was designated a state natural area in 1987.

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Mar 30, 2019
Michael James
Challenging but no expert skill required. We passed an elderly couple who steadily made their way around the loop. 4.2mi — 1h 58m
Mar 4, 2019
John Ball
Jan 1, 2019
Adam Ozment
Nov 2, 2018
Chelsey Capps
3.8mi
Oct 28, 2018
Kristin Feehan
Sep 15, 2018
Max Grechko
Mar 3, 2018
Kelsy LeeAnne
Jan 21, 2018
Matt Milburn
Up and back the east blue trail. 3.2mi

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  4.2 from 18 votes

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