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Flint Mill Trail

  4.2 ( 9 ) Favorite


2.6 mile 4.1 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,264' 385 m
Descent: -1,263' -385 m
High: 3,400' 1,036 m
Low: 2,137' 651 m


Avg Grade: 19% (11°)
Max Grade: 75% (37°)


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Trail shared by Lindsey Brinklow

A short, steep, trail leading to an incredible view of South Holston Lake.

Lindsey Brinklow

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife


As you're driving to the area, keep a sharp eye out. The trailhead is right on the road, making it easy to miss.

The trail itself is well-marked throughout. The first half of the trail is gradual, and leads through the open woods. The second half of the trail is very, very steep, but worth it for the view at the top.

The reward is an amazing view of South Holston Lake. Another trail continues along the ridge at the top, which hikers can follow for several minutes if they'd like to reach a creek crossing. Though nothing special on its own, this is good for dogs who need some water on the trail.

Need to Know

There is a creek/bog area at about 1.5 miles into the trail.


The trailhead is located off of Flatwoods Road where there is a brown post with a blue circle and #49 at the edge of the road indicating the trailhead. The first half of the hike features a gradual incline through the open woods, and the second half of the trail is very, very steep and strenuous.

The trail is marked with blue blazes all the way to the top. When the trail reaches the Holston Mountain Ridge, there will be a clearing with Flint Rock overlooking South Holston Lake with a 180° view. This trail passes the Flatwoods Horse Trail and also connects to the Holston Mountain Trail at the top, making it easy to continue your journey.

History & Background

This trail is located in Cherokee National Forest in the Watauga Ranger District.

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May 13, 2018
Rachel Cannon
Do not underestimate this climb! It's very, very steep. Wear good shoes or else you'll have to slide on your butt on the way back down like me :) 2.5mi — 2h 00m
Mar 23, 2018
Cory Collins
Jan 7, 2018
Brit Stack
Didn’t make it all the way up. Got abt halfway up the steepest part and started sliding. Ended up sliding down abt 250’. Called it quits for the da…
Sep 8, 2017
Heather Green
Oct 29, 2016
Lindsey Brinklow
Beautiful fall colors! 2.2mi

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  4.2 from 9 votes


  4.2 from 9 votes
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Flint Mill Trail is quite the climb, but the view is so worth it!
Feb 14, 2019 near Bluff City, TN
Flint Mill Gap offers a spectacular autumn view of South Holston Lake.
Jan 17, 2017 near Bluff City, TN
Sneaky she is
Nov 9, 2017 near Bluff City, TN
Looking over S. Holston Lake
Nov 9, 2017 near Bluff City, TN
The Flint Mill Trail Trailhead is often leafy, but always gorgeous.
Jan 17, 2017 near Bluff City, TN
Yes, there is a trail there. Just an idea of how steep Flint Mill is. This is 1st of 2 climbs up Flint Mill in the Phantom 50k.
Feb 19, 2019 near Bluff City, TN


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