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Historical

Flint Rock – Holston Mountain Lookout Tower

Holston Mountain is one of our most recognized mountain ridgelines in the east TN/southwest VA area as it spans approximately 28 miles from Elizabethton, Tennessee to Damascus, Virginia.  It’s the prominent mountain visible while looking south on most of the I-81 corridor from the Tri-Cities to Abingdon.  The highpoint of the mountain is Holston High … Continue reading »

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Iron Mtn Backpacking: TN91 to Wilbur Dam Road

I finished up a small section of Appalachian Trail that I had not completed before, covering the Iron Mountain ridgeline from TN91  to Wilburn Dam Road.  This was a southbound 16 mile hike, spending one night. About 3 miles into the hike my first stop was the Nick Grindstaff Monument.  This is very eerie place with … Continue reading »

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White Rocks and Sand Cave (Cumberland Gap)

Near the Cumberland Gap, and located on the long Cumberland Mountain ridgeline, are two awesome formations known as White Rocks and Sand Cave.  Both of these can be visited in the same day with a strenuous, ~9 mile hike within the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park from the trailhead in the Thomas Walker Civic Park.  … Continue reading »

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Watauga Dam

Watauga Dam was completed in 1949 by the Tennessee Valley Authority, creating a very beautiful lake at 2000′ elevation.  At the time of its construction, it was the highest elevation earthen dam in the world, and  today it still remains as the highest in the eastern United States.  What makes this area so picturesque is … Continue reading »

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