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Five-Star Trails: Tri-Cities of Tennessee and Virginia details the 40 best hikes in and around Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol as well as the surrounding areas of Abingdon, Elizabethton, Greenville, and Rogersville. Drawing from a wealth of trails on vast public lands, the mosaic of hikes featured reflects the wide variety of terrain in the greater Tri-Cities, from high mountains to the east and south to the historic walks in Tennessee state parks. The Appalachian Trail also provides nearly 70 miles of quality hiking around the Tri-Cities. Authored by Johnny Molloy, the most experienced guidebook author in the field today, this guide has something for everyone, from a leisurely weekend stroll to advanced treks into the Appalachians.
Johnny Molloy is a writer and adventurer who has written more than 40 books about the outdoors, including hiking and camping guides, comprehensive guidebooks to specific areas, and true outdoor adventure books for destinations throughout the Eastern United States. He lives in Johnson City, TN.
Table of Contents
Overview Map Overview Map Key Dedication Acknowledgments Preface Recommended Hikes Introduction to the Tri-Cities BRISTOL, VIRGINIA 1. Backbone Rock 2. Beaver Creek Knobs Loop 3. Cross Mountain Hike 4. Damascus Loop 5. Feathercamp Loop 6. Flint Rock via Holston High Knob 7. Gentry Creek Falls 8. Great Channels of Virginia 9. Steele Park East JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE 10. Behrend Trail at Roan Mountain State Park 11. Big Firescald Loop 12. Big Hump via Hampton Creek SNA 13. Buffalo Mountain 14. Emerald Forest Walk 15. Falls of Upper Laurel Fork 16. Grassy Ridge via Carvers Gap 17. Hickey Fork Loop 18. High Rocks Vista 19. Hunt Fish Falls via Gragg Prong 20. Nature Trails of Roan Mountain 21. Rock Creek Falls 22. White House Cliffs via Rocky Fork 23. Nolichucky Gorge Loop 24. Laurel Falls from Hampton 25. Lower Higgins Creek Falls and Hidden Lake 26. Margarette Falls 27. Old Forge Loop 28. Persimmon Ridge Park 29. Pinnacle Fire Tower 30. Sill Branch Falls Loop 31. Views from Vandeventer 32. Watauga Lake Hike KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE 33. Bays Mountain Park 34. Devils Bathtub 35. Falls of Little Stony 36. Fall Creek Loop at Warriors Path S 37. Falls of Laurel Run 38. Kingsport Greenbelt 39. Natural Tunnel State Park 40. Warriors Path State Park APPENDIX A: OUTDOOR RETAILERS APPENDIX B: HIKING CLUBS INDEX ABOUT THE AUTHOR MAP LEGEND