Iron Mountain

Johnson City, Tennessee 37614

Iron Mountain

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"This hike will take you from the shore of Watauga Lake to two viewpoints high above the lake at rock outcrops on Iron Mountain, and it involves a 1,000-foot gain in elevation. The entire hike lies within the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness.

From Wilbur Dam Road, hike north on the A.T. and begin climbing Iron Mountain in the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness. As you climb along the ridge, the Trail skirts high points, keeping a moderate grade, crossing summits at 2.4 and 2.6 miles. Continue following the A.T. to reach a rock outcrop on the right at 4.0 miles with superior views of the Watauga Valley."

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Best of the Appalachian Trail Overnight Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"This traverse follows the narrow ridgeline of Iron Mountain, passing through nearly 6 miles of the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness. The Trail offers many fine views of Watauga Lake, which is located just below the steep southern slope of Iron Mountain. On this hike, you will also pass a monument to Nick Grindstaff (1851–1923). He was a local hermit who, as noted on his monument, “lived alone, suffered alone, died alone.” The marker is made from the remains of the chimney to his cabin. Iron Mountain is particularly nice when the leaves have fallen in preparation for winter because it offers many more views. Although rated as easy, remember that no 20-mile hike on the A.T. is without significant climbs and descents." Read more

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Trail Information

Johnson City
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4.5 hours

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Dec 2018