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House Mountain
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House Mountain
Description - Five-hundred-acre House Mountain reaches 2,100 feet above sea level and is well worth its steep hike to see the distant Smoky Mountains and the undulating ridge and valley country of eastern Tennessee.

Massive boulders of sandstone make up the upper third of the mountain, the highest point in Knox County. The trees are second growth due to past logging and fires. Table Mountain Pine and Virginia Pine are numerous on top and Chestnut Oak is the most prevalent of the oaks in the park. The park is home to raccoons, grouse and even a few fox squirrels along with gray squirrels, turkeys, and the ever present turkey vultures which sail on the winds over the high bluffs.

Attractions - There are no facilities at the park, but every visitor can enjoy the 2-4 hour hikes without many distractions from the modern world. The trails to the top are strenuous with an elevation gain from the parking area to the top of about 900 ft. Because there are no facilities available, it is recommended that hikers bring water, a snack and wear sturdy hiking shoes. At a steady pace, a minimum of two-hours round trip should be expected to the west overlook and a minimum of four-hours round trip if hiking to the east overlook.

Other points of interest are the Knoxville Zoo, Great Smoky Mountains, Blount Mansion, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

Recreation - Hiking is the main activity available at this park.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - Located just northeast of Knoxville. From Knoxville, follow U.S. Hwy. 11 northeast to the park.

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Filed By: steve honeycutt
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great leg stretcher if you are in the area. You have to pace yourself if you are 50+ and overweight but the view is worth it. I do not normally appreciate graffitti but enjoyed seeing the name Eli Troutt march 18, 1906 chiseled into the rock at the overlook along with an outline of his hand.

Filed By: Kurt Bradley (Louisville, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: If you head to the East Rim there is a great view in three directions! Nice rock and a bench to eat lunch on at the top. Not a difficuly trail, but you will feel it in the calves!

Filed By: Andi Nelson (Blaine, TN)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have hiked House Mountain many times. It's not the hardest trail in the world, but it is an amazing training tool. If you're planning to start hiking, go here first! It's a beautiful view once you reach the top! You'll never forget the experience!

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Contact Information:
House Mountain State Park, P.O. Box 109 , Corrytonq, TN, 37721, Phone: 423-933-6851

Additional Information:
East Tennessee Region - There are over 30 State Parks and Historical Monuments, the Cherokee National Forest and he Great Smoky Mountains National Park to visit in this travel region. All recreational activities are within a days drive of Knoxville.

Tennessee State Parks - Official Agency Website


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