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Bays Mountain Cherry Knob Fire Tower

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A nice route from the lake up to the fire tower then around Cherry Knobs ending back at the lake.


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7.4

Miles

11.9

KM

90%

Runnable

2,418' 737 m

High

1,729' 527 m

Low

1,075' 328 m

Up

1,078' 329 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views

Overview

A complete loop run linking a handful of trails from the reservoir. Expect a good amount of elevation gain to get your legs working and heart pumping.

Description

Starting at the Lakeside Trail, you follow the lake around to Lake Road taking that to the fire tower trail. Once at the fire tower, you'll head west along the Indian Pipes Trail over Holston River Mountain. Heading south through a valley past a few abandoned old cabins you'll eventually take Cross Ridges Trail over to Cherry Knobs Trail. BE WARNED there are a few EXTREMELY steep climbs on this part.

Afterwards, you'll descend Cherry Knobs Trail meeting up with Lakeside Trail, now on the opposite side of the lake. You'll follow this across the dam, eventually ending where you began.

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Cass Tippit

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Garden Mountain Lookout Tower
Jan 19, 2016 near Mount C…, TN
View of lake from the dam.
Feb 8, 2019 near Mount C…, TN
Lake Road covered in leaves in the waning light.
Jan 28, 2019 near Mount C…, TN
Winter woods at Bays.
Jan 19, 2016 near Mount C…, TN

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