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Buffalo Mountain-White Rock Trail

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Great view, rhododendron gardens, beautiful stream
Near:Johnson City, TN
Distance:3 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1500 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is a nice place to hike when you don't have a lot of time to get out of the city. The view is great, especially on a clear day. The hike isn't difficult, but if you take the White Rock trail, it is easy to get off the path. At a sign marking the direction of the access road, the trail seems to follow the stream, but this simply leads back to some small waterfalls. It is definitely worth a look if you have time, but the trail to White Rock actually goes uphill at the sign. If you stand with you back to the sign, the trail goes up the mountain over some tree roots, then curves back to the right. May/June is a popular time to visit this trail, as the rhodedendrons are in bloom. You can make the hike a loop if you take the Tip Top trail back to the parking area. Word of caution: This may not be the best place to hike alone, especially for females. Sometimes there are strange people hanging around the picnic area.
Trailhead: From I-81, take Exit 57-A to Johnson City, which puts you on I-26 (formerly I-181). Take Exit 36 to State of Franklin Rd. Turn right at the bottom of the ramp. Stay on State of Franklin for about 5 miles. Just past ETSU, turn right on University Parkway. Follow this road to the redlight where it intersects with Cherokee Rd. Turn right on Cherokee Rd, then take the next left onto Buffalo Rd. Follow Buffalo Rd. for about a mile. Buffalo Rd will take a sharp left and High Ridge Rd will be to the right. Take High Ridge Rd. It is about another 1-2 miles to the trailhead, but a gate marks the entrance to Buffalo Mountain Park about half way up. This gate is frequently closed in the winter. Once you reach the picnic area, follow the one-way loop around about 3/4 of its length. On the right, there is a small parking area adjacent to the trailhead. (Lat:36.27726 Lon:-82.34887)
Trail Guides for Buffalo Mountain-White Rock Trail:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Johnson City Parks & Rec (423) 283-5815
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Ashley Blevins, who has posted  2 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by mg on 1/29/2011
nice hike today but gate was closed so we had to walk the whole way. road had lots of ice on it, in spots.

Reviewed by wayne on 7/31/2010
I grew up near baffalo mountain but today I saw my frist rattle snake on the white trail.It was a large one but will not keep from going back. It,s a great place to hike.

Reviewed by Jch on 3/29/2010
I really like this trail.. we used to hike it alot and wax our cars under the trees in the picnic area.. until onday when a man stumbled from the woods with his throat sliced... yea ... from then on we called it murder mountian.... ala and all it is safe but dont go alone

Reviewed by Tom on 4/30/2008
I love the Buffalo mountain park, it is a great and close place to take Maggie (my dog) and get in some mountain walking . The different seasons are all beautiful and this is a wonderful place to relax and walk your dog. I hope to see everyone on the trail. Tom

Reviewed by Dee on 11/11/2007
I enjoyed the hike and only saw friendly folks enjoying the outdoors!

Reviewed by Michael on 11/29/2004
A surprisingly good hike just outside the Johnson City City limits. This hike can be incorporated into a very nice loop hike that circumnavaigates Buffalo Mountain Park. For some comments about the unsavory characters that hang out at the trailhead for this hike, refer to my trail review for Ashley's Buffalo Mountain-Tip Top Trail.

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