House Mountain Loop
ElevationAscent: 930' 283 m
Descent: -931' -284 m
High: 2,063' 629 m
Low: 1,239' 378 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A great (but challenging) run only thirty minutes from downtown Knoxville.”— Max Willner
The only drawbacks to this run concerns erosion from hiking/trail running. Orange fences have been built to maintain the trails.
The state natural area is dog-friendly, although the trails are rather narrow and perhaps not ideal for two-way traffic with a dog.
Beginning at the House Mountain State Natural Area parking lot, runners will take West Overlook Trail from the trail junction. In 0.8 miles, the trail will switchback to Crest Trail, roughly 1.5 miles in length. Following the mountain ridge, runners can take Crest Trail to the West Overlook which provides a view of the Cumberland Mountains to the North and the Smokies to the South.
From there, Crest Trail continues uphill until it dead-ends at the East Overlook. The East Overlook is considered the more spectacular view of the two, offering a view of the Clinch and Unaka Mountain Range. Runners will proceed to backtrack from the East Overlook to the trail junction at Crest Trail and Mountain Trail. Follow Mountain Trail back to the parking lot to conclude the run!
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