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House Mountain Loop

 13 votes

3.8 Miles 6.1 Kilometers

 

79% 

Runnable

95%

Singletrack

930' 283 m

Ascent

-931' -284 m

Descent

2,063' 629 m

High

1,239' 378 m

Low

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Unknown

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A great (but challenging) run only thirty minutes from downtown Knoxville.

Max Willner

Overview

The House Mountain State Natural Area opens at dawn and closes at dusk.
A strenous run with roughly an 18% gradient that grants runners a beautiful view of several mountain ranges in the area.

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.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

This is a fairly strenuous run with rocky outcrops that may prove difficult to traverse.

Description

Directions: Take I-40 East to Rutledge Pike, exit 392, and turn right off the exit. In ten miles, turn left on Idumea Rd. Turn left on Hogskin Rd and the House Mountain State Natural Area will be on the right.

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!

Flora & Fauna

Hawks, grouse, woodpeckers, tanagers, turkeys, and many other birds.

History & Background

House Mountain, which consists of roughly 525 acres, was designated a state natural area in 1987.

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