Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia Guide Book

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)
Five-Star Trails Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia  by Johnny Molloy

240pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0897325168

THE TRI-CITIES ARE A HIKER’S NIRVANA. Encompassing the Cherokee, Jefferson, and Pisgah National Forests, this region features hundreds of miles of trails to explore. Plus, state parks preserve special and historic places to visit via their pathways, and urban parks provide quick, easy nature escapes. And don’t forget about the Appalachian Trail, the most heralded and hiked footpath in our country, which curves within range of the Tri-Cities for nearly 70 miles and enhances the stature and quality of area hikes. From convenient suburban greenways to wilderness treks of 6,000 feet in elevation, the wide variety of trails in this guide will suit any hiker’s mood and ability. Without this book you might miss the hidden hiking treasures of the TriCities. But with the expert guidance of author and local resident Johnny Molloy, you’ll discover 40 of the region’s best hikes. Molloy’s vivid hike descriptions give insight to the history, fl ora, and fauna of the routes, and his concise, accurate

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Trails from the "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.
... Preview: This short hike packs a lot of punch. Start at Backbone Rock, a historic recreation area developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Walk hand-laid stone steps to Backbone Falls, a slender spiller t ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Bristol, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
... Preview: This classic Tri-Cities family day hike circles a ridge-rimmed lake at Bays Mountain Park. Th ough you are in woods most of the time, views open of Kingsport Reservoir and adjacent hills. Th ough most ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Kingsport, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
... Preview: This hike starts in the heart of Bays Mountain Park then heads for the hinterlands, fi rst traveling along cliff s to reach a lookout tower. From there, it heads for the tip of Bays Mountain, passing ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Kingsport, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: Steele Creek Park presents some challenging and lovely terrain for hikers. This circuit starts along playful Steele Creek, passing near the park lake before taking off among the Beaver Creek Knobs. Yo ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Bristol, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.9
... Preview: This short but occasionally steep hike is an excellent complement to the many features of Roan Mountain State Park, an East Tennessee outdoor icon. Start near the park campground, walking the banks of ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Johnson City, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: This loop is set in the Shelton Laurel Backcountry of the Pisgah National Forest. Th e Jerry Miller Trail takes you to a 100-foot waterslide before opening onto Whiteoak Flats meadow. Ascend to the Ap ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Johnson City, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.2
... Preview: This hike—the most challenging in this entire guide—takes you to Buckeye Falls, which holds distinction as the highest waterfall in the East. Start the trek with the fi rst of several fords of Clark C ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Johnson City, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: This hike loops Johnson City’s signature peak, Buff alo Mountain, which looms above the town. Th e view-rich circuit fi rst visits Huckleberry Knob, providing unobstructed panoramas of Johnson City. W ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Johnson City, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
... Preview: This Appalachian Trail hike starts above bucolic Shady Valley. Th e highlights come early as you trace the AT across the open fi elds of the old Osborne Farm. Here, far-reaching views extend to Holsto ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Bristol, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
... Preview: This fun and unusual hike incorporates the trail town of Damascus, Virginia, with national forest trails in its shadow. Leave Damascus Town Park on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Along the way, you see D ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Damascus, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.9
... Preview: Hike through an incredible gorge where Devil’s Fork carves a canyon with boulder fields, cliffs, cataracts, and, of course, the Devil’s Bathtub, all shaded by an immense forest. However, to see this b ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Norton, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
... Preview: This hike is a great way for hikers of any ability to soak in some special Southern Appalachian high country. Start high on a lesservisited segment of the Appalachian Trail. Head northbound on the sho ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Johnson City, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: Enjoy woods, water in varied forms, and views at Warriors Path State Park. Start on the shores of Patrick Henry Lake, walking a surprisingly challenging track that rolls over a rocky bluff with views ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Kingsport, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
... Preview: Th e rocky gorge of Laurel Run, on the north side of Bays Mountain, forms the backdrop for this rewarding hike. Tramp from fl atlands along the Holston River up a gorgeous, once-inhabited mountain val ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Kingsport, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Take the Little Stony Creek National Recreation Trail up a gorgeous valley with waterslides, cascades, and pools in a deep gorge with stone bluff s, rock overhangs, and boulder fi elds. Wooden footbri ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Norton, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: Hike up a wild valley, making multiple fords to view a pair of lesservisited waterfalls. Start your trek at Dennis Cove Campground; then work your way deep into upper Laurel Fork. It won’t be long bef ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Johnson City, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: This loop travels varied forests at Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. Leave Whitetop Laurel Valley on the Beech Grove Trail; then join the Appalachian Trail. Take it northbound; then follow Feath ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Damascus, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.9
... Preview: Start high on the Holston Mountain Trail. First, follow a fi re tower access road; then join a remote ridge-running footpath, dropping to Flint Mill Gap. Take the Flint Mill Trail to a high-elevation ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Bristol, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: Two adjacent short hikes are paired together here, above 6,000 feet in elevation. First, trace an all-access sidewalk to visit the famed rhododendron gardens. Next, make an easy cruise out to Roan Hig ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Johnson City, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
... Preview: This hike takes you through a remote valley of the Cherokee National Forest to a lesser-visited double-decker falls. From the trailhead, hike a wildfl ower-fi lled, rocky vale bordered by high ridges. ... From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia"
Bristol, TN - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8