Hiking and Biking

hikingOur East TN Cabin Rental is the perfect lodging for your next vacation getaway to Tennessee. Situated in Northeast Tennessee right on the Watauga River, our Cabin Rental in East Tennessee is nearby to Roan Mountain, the Appalachian Trail, Watauga Lake, Elizabethton, Johnson City, and the Bristol Motor Speedway race track, making it the very best place to stay for not only a fun filled Tennessee mountain vacation, but also the perfect Lodging for a Bristol Race Weekend.

Hiking is a great way to see the very best of the Blue Ridge Mountains and enjoy all the majestic spots hidden throughout them. There are several great places to hike nearby to our Cabin Rental in East TN, so be sure to read about each unique one below.

  • The Appalachian Trail in East Tennessee
    The Appalachian Trail is the world's longest scenic hiking trail, crossing the Appalachian Mountain ridgeline taking hikers on an adventure from Georgia all the way to Maine. Designed and constructed in the 1920's and 1930's, the Appalachian Trail has long been a favorite hiking trail for people throughout the entire world. The Appalachian Trail is marked by two inch vertical white paint swatches and the blue blaze markings note the side trails that venture off of the Appalachian Trail. Passing through Western North Carolina and our region in Northeast Tennessee, the Appalachian Trail creates some of the best places to hike in our area. Just a few of the trails and side trails are listed below.
  • Coon Den Falls Trail
    The Coon Den Falls Trail is a moderate to difficult hiking trail that was once part of the Appalachian Trail. It stretches from FDR #50 in Dennis Cove and takes hikers past Coon Den Falls where it connects with the current Appalachian Trail on White Rock Mountain. Offering excellent views of waterfalls, the Coon Den Falls trail is accessed by taking FDR #50 from Hampton an following it for four miles. You'll come to the Dennis Cove Recreation Area where parking is available.
  • Laurel Fork Falls Trail and the Lacy Trap Trail
    The first part of this trail takes hikers almost a mile up the Appalachian Trail and then another 1.67 additional miles to Laurel Falls, making it a 2.5 mile hike. Moderately difficult, the Laurel Fork Falls Trail is quite popular and leads to Laurel Falls, located within the Pond Mountain Wilderness Area. From Elizabethton take Highway 19E/321 to Hampton, turn left onto Highway 321/67 toward Mountain City/Boone and continue for 1.3 miles to the trailhead on the right. The Lacy Trap Trail connects Laurel Fork Trail to the Appalachian Trail section on White Rock Mountain and is a moderately difficult East Tennessee hiking trail. Stretching 2.72 miles, this trail takes hikers through some steep regions and beautiful mountain scenery.

Watauga Lake Hiking & Nature Walks

  • Little Milligan Trail
    This loop trail begins and ends at the Little Milligan Boat Ramp and takes you over some moderate spots and through some beautiful mountain scenery. At just 1.90 miles long, this trail is a nice adventure.
  • Shook Branch at Watauga Lake
    Shook Branch is a Cherokee National Forest Recreation Area located on Watauga Lake. This area is a great place to hike and also enjoy an afternoon outing as it has excellent picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and a designated swimming area. The trailhead for the Appalachian Trail in East Tennessee is located here. Open mid April through late September, Shook Branch is a great place to visit for views of the lake. From Elizabethton, take Highway 19E/321 to Hampton and turn left onto Highway 321/67 toward Mountain City/Boone and travel for 3.2 miles.
  • Watauga Dam
    This is a nice recreation area, great for hiking as well as fishing. Hikers can enjoy the short walk to the view of the dam and all of its different structures. From Elizabethton take Highway 91 toward Shady Valley and continue for 4 miles. Turn right onto Blue Springs Road and travel straight to Steel Bridge Road. Turn right and cross over Steel Bridge and follow the signs to the Wilbur and Watauga Dams.
  • Watauga Point Recreation Area
    Here hikers can enjoy the Watauga Point Trail, which takes you around the shoreline of Watauga Lake. This short hike is great for an afternoon walk and offers some spectacular views of the lake.

Other East Tennessee Hiking Trails

  • Carver's Gap Hiking Trail in East TN
    Turn right on Highway 143 in Roan Mountain and continue along past the park. After traveling several miles, you will come to the top of the mountain and see the parking lot on the right. It is here that the Appalachian Trail crosses the road. The Carver's Gap trail will take you to some breathtaking views of balds when you head North. Heading south takes you to Roan High Knob, which sits at an elevation of 6,285 feet. Sometimes visitors have reported seeing well into NC and Virginia.
  • The Garden Trails & Cloudland Trail
    The Cloudland Trail is a 1.2 mile East Tennessee hiking trail that is moderately difficult and appropriate for average hikers. Visitors can hike from the parking area all the way to the Roan High Bluff Overlook and look out at a sea of mountain peaks. To access the trail, continue from Carver's Gap up the mountain, toward the famed Roan Mountain Rhododendron Gardens.
  • Jones Branch Falls
    The Jones Branch Falls trail and waterfall is located along the Elk River. Hikers can access the falls at the Appalachian Trail road crossing with Walnut Mountain Road, or the trail that begins south from Campbell Hollow Road.
  • Upper Stoney Creek Trail
    Upper Stoney Creek Trail is a more difficult East TN hiking trail and is 2.54 miles long. The trail takes hikers to Upper Stoney Creek, through Old Road Ridge and ends near the intersection with the Appalachian Trail just south of the Double Springs Shelter. Hikers are advised to be careful as creek crossings may be difficult during periods of frequent rain. To access the trail from Elizabethton take Highway 91 North for 19 miles until you reach Cross Mountain; the trailhead is on the left side of the road, just near the Forest Service boundary. Get here early during peak periods as parking is limited.