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House Mountain Loop

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


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3.8

Miles

6.1

KM

Loop

2,063' 629 m

High

1,239' 378 m

Low

930' 283 m

Up

931' 284 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Contacts

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Max Willner

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Photos

East overlook.
Nov 25, 2016 near Mascot, TN
Looking west from the East Overlook.
Nov 19, 2015 near Mascot, TN
Sentinels standing guard on the western ascent.
Dec 7, 2017 near Mascot, TN
The view from the House Mountain East Overlook.
Nov 18, 2015 near Mascot, TN
Nick hiking along the ridge of the Crest Trail.
Nov 19, 2015 near Mascot, TN
Hiking along the Crest Trail towards the East Overlook.
Nov 19, 2015 near Mascot, TN

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Jun 12, 2020
Theresa Palandro
3.3mi
May 30, 2020
Chris Miller
May 29, 2020
Danny Chisholm
Pretty steep trail at places but not too long just pace yourself—beautiful overlook once you get there
May 3, 2020
Marissa Buccilli
1.5 hours - with P 4.4mi
May 2, 2020
Sean Coombs
A little overgrown and wet, but a good scramble. Lots of dogs and kids towards the bottom half. 5mi — 3h 15m
May 2, 2020
Melissa Horning
Very steep climb for about the first mile, but then it flattens out as you walk across the top of the mountain. Conditions are very rocky (or more… 3.8mi — 3h 00m
Mar 8, 2020
Grace Hawkins
Good condition, 8 or so fallen trees but they're passable. Wonderful views, consistent foot traffic 3.8mi — 1h 40m
Sep 7, 2019
Paul Warner
4.6mi — 2h 10m