Big Hump Mountain

Johnson City, Tennessee

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Start on the Revolutionary War–era Overmountain Victory Trail and rise to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). From there, straddle the Tennessee– North Carolina state line in a mix of forests, meadows, and fields presenting first rate vistas. Cross over Little Hump Mountain, then make a grassy ramble down to Bradley Gap. A final push leads to Big Hump Mountain and 360-degree mountain panoramas that cap off this top-notch trek. This hike’s beginning roughly follows the route of the Overmountain Men—pioneers of North Carolina, Virginia, and what became Tennessee—who mustered at Sycamore Shoals before embarking eastward over the mountains to take on the British, providing an important victory that helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War in the South.
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

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Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail South

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Start on the Revolutionary War–era Overmountain Victory Trail and rise to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). From there, straddle the Tennessee– North Carolina state line in a mix of forests, meadows, and fields presenting first rate vistas. Cross over Little Hump Mountain, then make a grassy ramble down to Bradley Gap. A final push leads to Big Hump Mountain and 360-degree mountain panoramas that cap off this top-notch trek.

This hike’s beginning roughly follows the route of the Overmountain Men—pioneers of North Carolina, Virginia, and what became Tennessee—who mustered at Sycamore Shoals before embarking eastward over the mountains to take on the British, providing an important victory that helped turn the tide of the Revolutionary War in the South.

© 2016 Johnny Molloy /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Johnson City
Distance: 8.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 4,220 feet
Top Elevation: 5,587 feet
Local Contacts: Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Ranger District: 423-735-1500, www.fs.usda.gov/cherokee
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated #783 South Holston and Watauga Lakes; Appalachian Trail Conservancy TN–NC Maps 1 and 2; USGS Carvers Gap and USGS White Rocks Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Hump Mountain

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